Way of the Cross Large PrintOne of the traditions followed by many churches during Lent is praying the Way of the Cross or the Stations of the Cross. The Way of the Cross as composed by St. Alphonsus Liquori is the traditional prayer used and this booklet presents the prayers in easy-to-read large print. Each "station" is a stop along the path that Jesus took as he was led to his crucifixion. Each station is introduced, prayers for that station are said and a short antiphon is sung that refers to the pain that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is experiencing.
During the Middle Ages Christians were prevented from visiting many of the sacred sites in the Holy Land so replicas of these holy sites were made before which Christians could pray. Praying before imitations of the stopping places along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, the route Jesus took to his crucifixion, became one of the most popular devotions. "By the late sixteenth century the fourteen stations, as we know them today, were erected in almost all Catholic Churches." These "stations" allow people in the churches today to "visit" these holy places and walk the path in prayer that Jesus took.
Way of the Cross as Composed by St. Alphonsus Liquori Booklet