Via Dolorosa
The 14 Stations of the Cross

Via Dolorosa is the Latin world for "Way of Grief". This is a road in Old Jerusalem, a path where Jesus was lead in agony, carrying the crucifixion cross. Christians have been coming here on pilgrimages since early Christianity.

As it is known Jerusalem Israel is a city open to all people of good faith that come to these city attracted by their believes, especially the Christians of all denominations that arrive to walk the Footsteps of Jesus.

Jesus carrying the Cross before his Crucifixion
Painting by German Artist Anton Raphael Mengs 1728-1779

14 Stations of the Cross

There are a total of 14 Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, based on events that occurred on the way to the Golgotha Hill, the site of crucifixion, which is located at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Eight stations are marked along the old city road, while six additional stations are places in the compound of the church. Located within the old city of Jerusalem, it starts from the place where he was tried and convicted, near the Lions gate on the eastern side where the Muslim quarter is.

It ends in the crucifixion place, Golgotha, where the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is located in the west side of the old city or Christian quarter.

Ecce Homo Arch in Old City Jerusalem

  • Station 1 - Jesus is condemned
    Pilate brought Jesus outside and said to the people, "Look at your king!". At this they shouted, "Away with him! Crucify him!” then Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified.
  • Station 2 - Jesus carries his Cross
    Jesus was led away and carrying the Cross by himself went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, Golgotha.
  • Station 3 - Jesus falls for the first time
    Jesus emptied himself and took the form of a slave being born in the likeness of men. He humbled himself, to Death and a Cross.
  • Station 4 - Jesus meets his mother
    Simeon said to Mary his mother: "This child is destined to be the downfall and the rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed.     And you yourself shall be pierced with a sword, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be laid bare."
  • Station 5 - Simon of Cyrene helps Carry the Cross
    A man named Simon of Cyrene was coming in from the fields, and they pressed him into service to carry the Cross.
  • Station 6 - Veronica wipes Jesus' face
    He who welcomes you welcomes me; and he who welcomes me, welcomes him who sent me. And I promise that whoever gives a cup of cold water will not want for a reward.

The Fifth Station of the Via Dolorosa

  • Station 7 - Jesus falls the second time
    But I am a worm and no man; the scorn of all, despised by the people. All who see me scoff at me.
  • Station 8 - Jesus meets the women
    A great crowd of people followed him, including women who beat their breasts and lamented over him.
  • Station 9 - Jesus falls the third time
    I am like water poured out; all my bones are racked. You have brought me down to the dust of death.

The interior of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

  • Station 10 - Jesus is stripped
    They stripped off his clothes and began to mock him saying: "All hail, king of the Jews!"
  • Station 11 - Jesus is nailed to the cross
    After carrying his Cross, Jesus came to the Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). There they crucified him and two others with him.
  • Station 12 - Jesus dies
    Jesus said, "I thirst!" and they gave him wine. "It is finished"!" he cried, and gave up his spirit.
  • Station 13 - Jesus is taken down from the cross
    When the soldiers came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers thrust a lance into his side, and blood and water flowed out.
  • Station 14 - Jesus is buried
    Joseph of Arimethea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus, and wrapped it in perfumed oils. Then he buried Jesus in a tomb close at hand.

The Seventh Station out of Fourteen on the Via Dolorosa

Via Dolorosa is one of the most sacred sites in Christianity. Pilgrims arrive here from all over the Planet in praise for the Lord as part of their Holy Land Tours.

Image Credits:
station 5 by berthold werner
station 7 by wknight 94
ecce homo arch n/a
holy sepulchre by berthold werner

All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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