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)