Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The stations of the Cross.

During lent we have been praying the stations of the Cross. Homeschooling mum 4 Christ asked me what they are so here is an explaination.

The Stations are a series of reflections that Catholics do during lent (it can be done anytime but it is probably done more through lent). There are 14 different station:

1 Jesus is condemned to death.
2 Jesus takes up his cross.
3 Jesus falls for the first time.
4 Jesus meets his Blessed Mother.
5 Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross.
6 Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
7 Jesus falls for the second time.
8 Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
9 Jesus falls for the third time.
10 Jesus is stripped of his garments
11 Jesus is crucified
12 Jesus dies on the cross.
13 Jesus is taken off the cross
14 Jesus is laid in the tomb.

We light the fourteen candles. We start with the sign of the cross and then The opening prayer If you want to see the different prayers, each station follows on from the other on this web page.

As we pray each station we blow a candle out. When we get to the end we finish in darkness. The atmosphere from the darkness is very somber and surreal.

Here is a youtube video of the first station that can give you a bit of an idea what we pray.

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