Stations of the Cross - What Protestants Can Learn from the Catholic Faith | Scriptural and Traditional Guides
As a former Catholic, one of the items I continue to cherish is the stations of the cross. Before I became Catholic, I had never heard of the stations of the cross. It has been years since I was Catholic yet I still look to the stations of the cross for guidance. You see, the stations of the cross simply are the various traumas that mankind imposed upon the son of God. These traumas many of us can relate to. Most of us have felt betrayed at some point in time, ridiculed, injured (albeit perhaps not tortured physically). The stations of the cross remind us that Jesus' life parallels our life's challenges.
To this day at church, I am hunting for the stations of the cross. I truly miss the visual comfort of the many chapters of Jesus' life. It is perhaps more my age than wisdom in being able to see the many similarities. It is by grace that I am comforted through these images. Here are a couple of some of the finest examples of the artful rendering of the stations of the cross.
You see, like Jesus, we all are burdened with a cross of some magnitude that we must bear. For some, the cross is lighter, for others, the cross is mammoth. I pray whatever your cross is my friend that you are able to look at the stations, hear the different traumas Jesus endured for us and be comforted in God's love.
Stations of the Cross - Pieces of Art But Also Pieces of Devotion
"Stations of the Cross" Remind Me I Am Not Alone - What We Can Learn from the Catholic Faith
Background - About Me - Religious Mutt:
I was raised a Protestant - an absolute Protestant "mutt" - from Baptist to Methodist to Episcopal. Baptist because my Mother didn't drive and the church was across the street. Methodist because that was the church my Grandparents belonged to. Later I attended Episcopal and about 10 years ago I became Catholic. After college, I read the Quran almost daily. So essence, my religion is truly a very complicated tapestry.
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There are some great articles about the stations of the cross. The artwork and the photos are endless. I cannot do them justice so I will simply link to the very best IF you want more details.
The stations of the cross for me are the direct connection that God is there with me. I am not alone. God wouldn't abandon his son. And so too, God will not abandon me or you.
God is powerful enough to stop and/or create anything. After all, he did create the earth. If you are unsure about this, I challenge you to sit down to dinner and then answer IF there was a chef for that meal!
"Stations of the Cross" Guide Me
The stations of the cross are not just "icons" and beautiful pieces of work. The stations exemplifies our life here on earth. God permits these injuries. The mystery as the Catholics would say is in God's knowledge - it is beyond our human comprehension.
The stations of the cross showcase the hatred and misunderstanding and the lack of responsibility. Each chapter of our life, we are hung or crucified. Sometimes we are front and center with all the media. Sometimes we are next to the center stage. Most often we are watchers, contributors, betrayers, or someone who simply washes their hands.
Which one are you living today?
Who do you want to be?
I desire to be the one giving wine.
I desire the one helping carry the cross.
And who is the worst - the one who betrayed? The one who denied? The one who washed their hands?
"The early set of seven scenes was usually numbers 2,3,4,7,6 and 14 from the list below.The standard set from the 17th to 20th centuries has consisted of 14 pictures or sculptures depicting the following scenes:
Traditional Stations of the Cross
- Jesus is condemned to death
- Jesus accepts the cross
- Jesus falls the first time
- Jesus meets His Mother
- Simon of Cyrene carries the cross
- Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
- Jesus falls the second time
- Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
- Jesus falls the third time
- Jesus is stripped of His garments
- Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross
- Jesus dies on the cross
- Jesus' body is removed from the cross (Deposition or Lamentation)
- Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered in incense.
Although not traditionally part of the Stations, the Resurrection of Jesus is sometimes included as a fifteenth station."
Scriptural Stations of the Cross
- Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane,
- Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested,
- Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin,
- Jesus is denied by Peter,
- Jesus is judged by Pilate,
- Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns,
- Jesus takes up His cross,
- Jesus is helped by Simon to carry His cross,
- Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem,
- Jesus is crucified,
- Jesus promises His kingdom to the repentant thief,
- Jesus entrusts Mary and John to each other,
- Jesus dies on the cross,
- Jesus is laid in the tomb.
Thankfulness Says Allot
In our household, we pray at each and every meal - even when we are out in public. We don't pray to be noticed, we pray to give thanks.
And sometimes, we even pray before meetings - as we did last week - and the new client even asked - it wasn't us! (side note: I work with family member).
When I listen to awards I literally cheer when I hear God thanked. I don't care what God they are referencing. I just cheer when God is acknowledged.
I cry inside when I hear God Our Father referenced as "our creator". God wants a personal relationship with us. As a Father, Mother, how would it make you feel to be called the women who bore you or the biological father. Both are correct but not respectful of a true relationship.
Stations of the Cross
- The Stations of the Cross - a Meditation
Though not Roman Catholic myself, a love of great art and architecture has taken me to some of Europe's finest churches and cathedrals, where I became interested in the Stations of the Cross, or Via Crucis.
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Daily Devotional and Reading the Bible
The bible is God's way of speaking with us. If you wish to improve your relationship with God, set a new goal to read the bible daily. If you don't know where to begin, start with the God wants you to know that you are loved. Listed to the right is a little book that lends new light about the Psalms. Written in a manner to connect with you, together with the bible, this book is a book that I have often given as a gift. I share these articles and gifts with you along with my prayers that you too might find the Stations of the Cross and see the parallel and the connection to Christ Jesus. Psalms.
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