The ninth station visualises Christ’s third painful fall in the city street. The message of this station is that even when we feel that is impossible to go on, God is our refuge and our help.
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Christ went out through the city gate to the hill of Golgotha, which we know in English as ‘Calvary’. When he reached the summit, the soldiers stripped him of his clothes, leaving him naked and defenceless.
The 11th station pictures the crucifixion. At Golgotha, with arms and feet outstretched, Christ was brutally nailed to the cross by the Roman soldiers.
The 13th station is known as the Deposition of Christ. It pictures the body of Jesus being taken down from the cross. Pontius Pilate permitted St Joseph of Arimathaea to remove Christ’s body from the cross.
The 14th station pictures the burial of Christ in the garden tomb of St Joseph of Arimathaea. The faithful few wrapped his body in a linen shroud and sealed him in the tomb.
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.
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)