Special Service: Stations of the Cross
@ Durham CathedralBook Now
19 March 2017
The Stations of the Cross are a time-honoured means of walking with Christ the way of his passion. In origin, they go back to early Christianity when pilgrims to Jerusalem desired to follow in the footsteps of Christ, where many of the sites associated with his passion had been identified.
In the fourteenth century, the Franciscans, guardians of the holy sites in Jerusalem, popularised the devotions associated with the present Via Dolorosa, and erected tableaux to assist the prayers of pilgrims. These form the basis of the tableaux found inside or outside many churches today.
At each station, the congregation gathers around symbols as a focus for prayer and intentions for prayer are suggested. Most importantly, by walking the way of the Cross, we express our Lenten desire to follow Jesus more nearly as we are drawn into the mystery of his saving death and passion.