The Stations of The Cross
D G Moody
The Stations of the Cross have formed part of Christian devotion at Easter for many centuries, as they enabled an active engagement with the path of suffering walked by Jesus. They first began when early Christians visited Jerusalem and followed the footsteps of Jesus, from Pilate’s house to Calvary. The practice was brought back to their home countries and became a devotional tradition; the images becoming commonplace inside churches. The number of stations have varied over the centuries, with a traditional number of fourteen established in 1731, with a fifteenth station – the Resurrection, added later. The selection of the stations here reflect the biblical story of Jesus, rather than on legend or popular stories. The stations may be used as a focus for personal prayer, or as part of a liturgical celebration. The poems have their origin in a Benefice Lent Group project in 2011, where I contributed a poem based on the tenth station, which then became the inspiration for composing the complete fifteen stations and epilogue which follows from this introduction. D G Moody.