Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday - Stations of the Cross

I, being raised as a Catholic (operative word here is raised), was asked by my Father last night to try to go through The Stations of the Cross today on this Good Friday. Since I do believe in the Ten Commandments I decided to "honor thy father" by doing just that, here on The Libspot. I do think it is important to always be mindful of what Jesus did for me, for anyone willing to accept him, and I am forever grateful.

The Stations themselves are usually a series of 14 pictures or sculptures depicting the following scenes (Wikipedia):

  1. Jesus is condemned to death
  2. Jesus is given his cross
  3. Jesus falls the first time
  4. Jesus meets His Mother
  5. Simon of Cyrene carries the cross
  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
  7. Jesus falls the second time
  8. Jesus meets the daughters of Jerusalem
  9. Jesus falls the third time
  10. Jesus is stripped of His garments
  11. Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross
  12. Jesus dies on the cross
  13. Jesus' body is removed from the cross (Deposition or Lamentation)
  14. Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered in incense.
Although not traditionally part of the Stations, the Resurrection of Jesus is sometimes included as a fifteenth station.

I realize this is the doom and gloom of the Gospel, Catholics tend to focus on this portion of Jesus's life. I like to celebrate the lessons Jesus instilled more than anything. The life he lived was extraordinary and the price he paid for my freedom from sin is astonishing. On this Good Friday I say THANK YOU.