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Stations of the Cross

This series of fourteen pictures is known as the 'Stations of the Cross', showing key scenes around Jesus death on the cross. The stations are often called a 'spiritual pilgrimage' for the believer, perhaps originally created to help those unable to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
These stations are a useful year-round reminder of the richness of God's love shown through Jesus' suffering for the sake of his friends - all mankind - as part of the season leading up to Easter.
Jesus is condemned to be crucified

At the first picture or station, Jesus stands before the Pilate





Jesus is compelled to bear his cross

The cross is laid on Jesus' back and he is forced to walk by the Roman soldiers to the place of crucifixion





Jesus falls under his heavy cross

Jesus falls for the first time under the weight of the cross





Jesus is met by his blessed mother

Mary meets him on the pathway






Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene

Simon is called out from the watching crowd by the soldiers to help carry Jesus' cross






Jesus rewards Veronica's loving kindness
A woman charitably wipes Jesus' face





Jesus falls again under the cross

Jesus falls a second time





Jesus speaks to the weeping women

Jesus is shown comforting the women of Jerusalem – illustrating his selflessness





Jesus falls for the third time

Jesus perseveres in prayer and duty as he falls for the third and last time





Jesus is stripped of his garments

Jesus is humiliated, identifying with all those in all time who are denied love and respect 





Jesus is nailed to the cross for us

This picture shows Jesus being prepared to be crucified





Jesus by death redeems the world

Jesus gave his life on the cross for humanity





Jesus is taken down from the cross

The picture shows Jesus being carried 
by his mother





Jesus is laid within the sepulchre
Jesus is wrapped in a sheet and placed in a tomb. 
More on the Stations of the Cross on the web:
Wikipedia's page on the Stations
According to the BBC website (, the Stations of the Cross were unknown before the fifteenth century, but they became widespread after the seventeenth.