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.
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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
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sta′tions of the cross′

or Sta′tions of the Cross′,


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]
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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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They draw me into the story and invite me--force me--to think about how the Way of the Cross bears on my life, how the pain, indignities, kindnesses, and insults that Jesus experienced are repeated daily, even in the world that he saved.
David Bartlett says it well: "If the great puzzle of Mark's Gospel is that Christ's death is the sign of Christ's sonship and God's love, the smaller puzzle is like unto it, human life is most alive when we, too, follow in the way of the cross." What's Good about This News?, 42.
But walking down the Via Dolorosa, the way of the cross in the Holy Land--the actual path that Jesus took--filled his eyes with tears.