Artist: Dennis Smith
Stations of the Cross
I—JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DIE
“When Pilate saw that he prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.” (Matthew 27:24)
“Stations of the Cross” or “Way of Sorrows” refers to a series of locations along the route of Christ’s final passage, from his appearance before Pilate in Jerusalem to the site of his crucifixion at Calvary. Instituted through tradition within the Catholic Church the various locations of significance are defined and illustrated with artistic representations, usually sculpture or paintings. These are located along the interior of most churches to serve as “stations” of prayer and meditation on Christ’s journey of ultimate sacrifice.