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stations of the cross

Does anyone know when and why they started? I know it is about the last hours of Jesus life, how long have the stations been around? Are Catholics the only ones that say the stations?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 3:03 PM on Jul. 6, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Erin? I know she had an amazing answer for me when I asked about this...
    IhartU

    Answer by IhartU at 3:04 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • The concept started out as a pilgramage to the Holy Lands to visit the sites related to Christ. Then in medieval times when war broke out everywhere, travel to the Holy Lands didn't happen as much and so the stations were put in churches. They really varried alot - they're a 'private devotion' so exactly how they're practiced today developed over time. So at different times and different places the number of stations and even what the events were different. But the goal for all of them is to recall Christ's sacrifice for us.
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 3:18 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • that is really interesting, the stations in the Holy Land, was there an actual walk by each and every point? Like the spot he fell and the spot his face was washed off?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:22 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • Well, there were stations in the Holy Lands - points where people visited. But they weren't exactly the same as the stations we have today. The stations we have today developed over time. The idea was that pilgrams wanted to walk the path of Christ's crucifixion in the Holy Lands - but for those unable to they could follow the stations at the church. And different churches had different numbers of stations and even different events. Here's an article that might be helpful: "How Did the Stations of the Cross Being?"

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 3:27 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

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