Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

A popular devotional item in Catholic churches, the Stations of the Cross retrace the tragic steps of the Passion of Christ, from his condemnation at the hands of Pilate to his burial. This devotion began with the early Christians but was formalised in the aftermath of medieval pilgrimages to the Holy Land: those who returned to Europe set up in their villages or churchyards reminders of the Via Dolorosa that they had retraced in Jerusalem. The current number of fourteen stations was fixed in the eighteenth century.

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