The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary is the Carrying of the Cross. It's a meditation on how Christ was made to carry the cross through the streets of Jerusalem to the place where he was crucified.
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After being sentenced to death, Christ was ordered to carry his cross to the hill outside Jerusalem where he was to be crucified. At the time, this was standard practice for criminals. Christ probably only carried the heavy cross-beam, rather than the entire cross. The beam would then have been fixed onto an upright stake … Continue reading Christ carries his cross (John 19:16-17)
The taking down of Christ’s dead body from the cross is traditionally known in art as the ‘Deposition of Christ’. Sometimes the episode is also known as the ‘Descent from the Cross’ or the ‘Lamentation of Christ’. The act is described very briefly in all four gospels (Matthew 27:55-57; Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-53; John 19:38-39). … Continue reading The Deposition of Christ (Mark 15:42-47)
The scene of Christ being sentenced to death has a long history in Christian art. This is mostly due to the episode being the very first of the ‘Stations of the Cross’, the popular devotion that encourages Catholics to meditate on the suffering and death of Christ. Christ’s condemnation to death is covered in all … Continue reading Christ is condemned to death (John 19:4-16)
Simon of Cyrene is possibly one of the most widely pictured characters in Christian art. This is because an image of him helping Christ to carry the cross is to be found in practically every Catholic church across the globe. Usually around the walls, you’ll find images of the fourteen ‘Stations of the Cross’ – … Continue reading Simon of Cyrene helps Christ (Mark 15:21-22)
As Christ carried the cross-beam through the streets of Jerusalem, he was accompanied by a great crowd of people, among whom were women in mourning for him. The episode is only mentioned in St Luke’s gospel, which is often described as the ‘gospel of women’ because of its strong female focus. St Luke’s tells us … Continue reading Christ comforts the women of Jerusalem (Luke 23:27-31)
St John's Gospel tells us that the Roman soldiers who crucified Christ removed his clothes and shared them out among themselves. This was in fulfilment of Psalm 22:18, which was understood to refer to the coming Messiah. Contrary to most representations, Christ was probably crucified naked. This would shed light on why Hebrews 12:2 says that … Continue reading Christ is stripped of his garments (John 19:23-24)