The Way Of The Cross Booklet by St. Alphonsus Liguori BT-052. © Copyright 1977; 4" x 6" 50 per Box. 36 pages. Cover has a picture of a mosaic of Jesus Carrying the Cross. Includes Preparatory Prayer to be prayed while kneeling before the Altar; the prayers for each of the fourteen Stations of theCross with captions showing the Priest prayers and People's prayers in response; the Prayer to Jesus Christ Crucified; Indulgences; Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur.
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Use this The Way Of The Cross Booklet by St. Alphonsus Liguori to aid in your Way of the Cross devotions. Among the best known prayers for the Way of the Cross are those first published in Italian by St. Alphonsus Liguori in 1761, which are presented here in English in a revised translation. In his brief introduction to this devotion, St. Alphonsus wrote: "The pious exercise of the Way of the Cross represents the sorrowful journey that Jesus Christ made with the cross on His shoulders, to die on Calvary for the love of us. We should, therefore, practice this devotion with the greatest possible fervor, placing ourselves in spirit beside our Savior as He walked this sorrowful way, uniting our tears with his, and offering to Him both our compassion and our gratitude."
Names for the Stations of the Cross: Stations of the Way of the Cross; Way of the Cross; Latin: Via Crucis; Via Dolorosa – Way of Sorrows; or The Way
The Stations of the Cross are so called because we move from one area, Station, to another in the church or along an outdoor path, where the Stations of the Cross are depicted, praying devotions in memory of each Station of His suffering and death. The Stations of the Cross are depictions of The Way of the Cross of Christ from His being brought before Pilate and His condemnation to death through His Crucifixion and Burial in the Sepulcher. These depictions are in picture form, bas relief and sculptures.
During the Turkish occupation of the Holy Land in the late Middle Ages, when pilgrims were prevented from visiting its sacred sites, the custom arose of making replicas of those holy places, where the faithful might come to pray. One of the most popular of these devotions was the Stations of the Way of the Cross, which were imitations of the stations or stopping places of prayer on the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrows) in Jerusalem. By the late sixteenth century, the fourteen stations, as we know them today, were erected in almost all Catholic churches.
The tradition of praying the Stations of the Cross in the chapel (or church) began with St. Francis of Assisi and spread in the Roman Catholic Church in the medieval period. Most Roman Catholic churches now have The Stations of the Cross depicted in some way in their church for devotions, usually along the side walls and in a dedicated pathway on the grounds of the church. We can also find The Stations of the Cross in many Lutheran and Anglican churches. The Way of the Cross devotions are prayed year round but especially during Lent and particularly on the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.
The Way Of The Cross Booklet by St. Alphonsus Liguori BT-052