Artist: Dennis Smith
Stations of the Cross
V—SIMON OF CYRENE HELPS JESUS CARRY HIS CROSS
“And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.” (Luke 23:26)
“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.