Artist: Dennis Smith
Stations of the Cross
XIII—JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS
“And after this Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus…besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.” (John 19:38)
“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.