As part of their acts of devotion, early Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem retraced Jesus route as he carried his cross to his death. By the sixteenth century, this pilgrimage route through Jerusalem was called the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrow. Along the Way, certain points on the journey (stations) were associated with specific events recounted or implied in the Gospel accounts. These became known as the Staitons of the Cross.
There are presently fourteen stations on the Via Dolorosa, some with chapels or places to pray and meditate. Today churches of all traditions have rediscovered their significance and invite people from their community to walk the stations with Jesus.
These stations often have significance far beyond a symbolic walk. They provide a way for artists to express their own pain and struggle as well as that of their culture. In the process they invite us to enter their suffering and walk with them towards the transformation of the cross. Below are links to several stations of the cross from different cultural and theological perspectives. Prayerfully view these and spend time meditating on the life situations that have resulted in these images
Cityside Baptist church in Auckland New Zealand has held an exhibit of contemporary icons to reflect on at Easter for the last 10 years. The photos shown were taken at their 2002 and 2004 presentations.
Spencer Burke creator of The Ooze has put together Stations of the Cross from his graffiti art.
Aldolfo Perez Esquivel views the stations through liberation theology
The Mafa community in Northern Cameroon has developed art that depicts all aspects of Jesus life. These paintings though not strictly following the Stations of the Cross are a powerful depiction of the last week of Jesus life.
Mansour Mouasher has found this interesting set of Jordanian stamps depicting the Stations of the Cross