In many churches of the Catholic tradition, and some Protestant and Orthodox denominations, one may find 14 pieces of art work that illustrate the Stations of the Cross.
The artworks are meant to encourage the individual toward reflection about the sufferings of Jesus on our behalf. Some of the stations are drawn directly from the Bible while some are from church tradition. Both Protestants and Catholics have developed versions of the Stations of the Cross that are exclusively Scriptural.
In the weeks and days leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, will be posting reflections spurred by the 14 traditional stations as illustrated by the art works from the San Gabriel Mission in California. The images were painted by an artist (Juan Antonio) from the Native Peoples of Southern California. The scenes were influenced by European concepts and the subject of art history analysis but have distinctive aspects as well. The originals reside within the church but they are too dark to photograph without flash. What will be posted are photographs of replicas displayed in the San Gabriel Mission Museum.
The 14 traditional stations are as follows:
- Jesus Is Condemned to Death
- Jesus Takes Up His Cross
- Jesus Falls the First Time
- Jesus Meets His Sorrowful Mother
- Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry the Cross
- Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
- Jesus Falls a Second Time
- Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
- Jesus Falls the Third Time
- Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments
- Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross Luke
- Jesus Dies on the Cross
- Jesus Is Taken Down From the Cross
- Jesus Is Laid in the Tomb