NATIONAL SHRINE GROTTO OF LOURDES
History of the Stations of the Cross
The Stations in the Catholic religion are a brilliant and beautiful devotion that helps pilgrims and all souls adore and appreciate Jesus Christ, Who suffered and died for all sinners. The Stations were originally fashioned for devout Europeans who could not go to the Holy Land where Jesus lived, walked, suffered and died. So why not allow the sacred action to come to the pilgrim?
The Stations were formulated and fashioned in various levels of artistic intensity to recapitulate Jesus’ Passion. It is a custom of shrines and churches to have these stations within their bounds since, as St. Teresa of Avila once said, “There is no better mediation than the passion of the Lord.”
Traditionally prayed or walked on Fridays of Lent, they help the pilgrim to approach, interiorize and then respond to Jesus’ sacred suffering; how much God loves each of us sinners. (And, by the way, they’re not just for Lent anymore!)