The Stations of the Cross are an ancient form of prayer. They are based on a path of several holy sites (or "stations") of pilgrimage in the city of Jerusalem. Pilgrims would travel through the city, praying along the way while visiting these 14 locations tied to the crucifixion of Jesus on his Via Dolorosa, or his painful path to the cross. The objective of the stations is to help the Christian faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion of Christ. It has become one of the most popular devotions and the stations can be found in many Western Christian churches, including Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, and Roman Catholic churches. Over time, it was adapted for use in local churches by creating a series of images to aid in meditating on the journey of Christ to his cross.
The stations at St. Paul's were created by parishioner Chuck Chamberlain, a talented ceramics artist. Click here to pray along with these images with a devotional from the Episcopal Book of Occasional Services. We hope that these images and prayers will help you to approach the way of the cross with a special reverence.