The 14 stations of the cross.

Stations of the Cross

A spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion of Christ

Recorded in 2019 by the Archbishop and Archdeacon of Canterbury, with prayers led by Rev Isabelle Hamley, this series of five podcasts takes people on the Holy Week journey by exploring and reflecting on five of the biblical Stations of the Cross.
The Archbishop of Canterbury and Archdeacon of Canterbury in discussion.

The Stations of the Cross are an ancient form of Christian devotion, inviting us on a virtual pilgrimage in Jesus’ footsteps, recalling and reflecting on key moments on his journey to the cross.

Explore the content below and find out more about the Walking the Way of the Cross book and Kindle e-book, published by Church House Publishing, which features further reflections on all fifteen Stations by Bishop Stephen Cottrell, Canon Dr Paula Gooder and Bishop Philip North.

You can also explore the Common Worship service of ‘The Way of the Cross’ in our Prayer and Worship section.

The Stations of the Cross have formed part of Christian devotion at Passiontide for many centuries because they enable us to engage actively with the path of suffering walked by Jesus. They originated when early Christians visited Jerusalem and wanted to follow literally in the footsteps of Jesus, tracing the path from Pilate’s house to Calvary. They would pause for prayer and devotion at various points. Eventually those pilgrims brought the practice back to their home countries and ever since then Christians of differing traditions have used this form of devotion.

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The Biblical Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross 1 - Pilate condemns Jesus to death.

First Station

Pilate condemns Jesus to death

Stations of the Cross 2 - Jesus falls the first time.

Second Station

Jesus falls the first time

Stations of the Cross 3 - Jesus accepts his cross.

Third Station

Jesus accepts his cross

Stations of the Cross 4 - Jesus meets his mother.

Forth Station

Jesus meets his mother

Stations of the Cross 5 - Simon helps Jesus carry the cross.

Fifth Station

Simon helps Jesus carry the cross

Stations of the Cross 6 - Veronica offers her veil to Jesus.

Sixth Station

Veronica offers her veil to Jesus

Stations of the Cross 7 - Jesus falls the second time.

Seven Station

Jesus falls the second time

Stations of the Cross 8 - Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem.

Eighth Station

Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem

Stations of the Cross 9 - Jesus falls the third time.

Ninth Station

Jesus falls the third time

Stations of the Cross 10 - Jesus is stripped of his garments.

Tenth Station

Jesus is stripped of his garments

Stations of the Cross 11 - Jesus is nailed to the cross.

Eleventh Station

Jesus is nailed to the cross

Stations of the Cross 12 - Jesus dies on the cross.

Twelfth Station

Jesus dies on the cross

Stations of the Cross 13 - Jesus is taken down from the cross.

Thirteenth Station

Jesus is taken down from the cross

Stations of the Cross 14 - Jesus is placed in the tomb.

Fourteenth Station

Jesus is placed in the tomb

Stations of the Cross 15 by Nicholas Markell.

Fifteenth Station

Jesus is raised from the dead

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