Stations of the Cross, also referred to as The Way of the Cross, are an important part of Lenten Devotions and are the favorite among Catholics as an addition to their Lent Prayers.
The public devotion of Stations was most notably begun with St Francis of Assisi and has continued through to this day. They are most often publicly held in Church during the Season of Lent, but can be done at any time even by a lay person in private.
Many like to take one Station and meditate on it throughout the day as they go about their normal routine. Making a habit to 'pray always' aids us in this since we can more easily keep the things of God formost in our thoughts.
The Stations are listed here so you can more easily meditate on them. You may also consider reading parts of the Passion from the Bible for a scriptural aspect of Our Lord's Passion and Death.
The stations are a small way for us to make the required 'Acts of Reparation' for the injury our sins caused and still cause to this day. Every ounce of reparation we perform is a soothing balm to Our Lord just as every offence is a deep wound in His Sacred Heart.
Pope Pius XI: "some sort of compensation to be rendered for the injury"
Pope John Paul II: "unceasing effort to stand beside the endless crosses on which the Son of God continues to be crucified"
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