Stations of the Cross


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Sta·tions of the Cross

(stā′shənz)
pl.n. Roman Catholic Church
1. A devotion consisting of prayers and meditations before each of 14 crosses or images set up in a church or along a path commemorating the events of the Passion of Jesus.
2. The 14 crosses or images of this devotion.

Stations of the Cross

pl n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a series of 14 crosses, often accompanied by 14 pictures or carvings, arranged in order around the walls of a church, to commemorate 14 supposed stages in Christ's journey to Calvary
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a devotion consisting of 14 prayers relating to each of these stages

sta′tions of the cross′

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n.pl.
a series of 14 representations of successive incidents from the Passion of Christ, set up in a church or outdoors and visited in sequence for prayer or meditation.
[1885–90]

stations of the cross

Plaques or pictures (about 14) placed around the walls of a Catholic church marking the stages of Jesus’ journey to his crucifixion and burial. The stations are: Pilate's condemnation, Christ receives his cross, Christ falls to the ground, Christ meets his mother, Symon of Cyrene takes the cross, Veronica wipes Christ’s face, Christ falls a second time, Christ tells the women of Jerusalem not to weep for him, Christ falls a third time, Christ is stripped, Christ is nailed to the cross, Christ dies on the cross, Christ’s body is placed in arms of his mother, and Christ’s body is entombed.
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Noun1.Stations of the Cross - (Roman Catholic Church) a devotion consisting of fourteen prayers said before a series of fourteen pictures or carvings representing successive incidents during Jesus' passage from Pilate's house to his crucifixion at Calvary
devotion - (usually plural) religious observance or prayers (usually spoken silently); "he returned to his devotions"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
series - similar things placed in order or happening one after another; "they were investigating a series of bank robberies"
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