What is a Station?

A Station is one of a series of fourteen brief moments, during the last remaining hours, in the life of Jesus here on this earth.

Jesus, knew he was about to be crucified and in preparation he had one final meal with his special friends, the Apostles. At the meal he took bread, broke it and gave it to them saying, “This is My Body.” Then he took wine, blessed it, invited them to drink from the cup and said, “This is My Blood.” Today, this special parting gift and sacrament that Jesus gave to us before his death, we now call the Holy Eucharist.

When the meal was finished, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane, overwhelmed by the knowledge of the suffering He was about to endure. Who wouldn’t, if they knew that they were to be abandoned by friends, tortured to the point of death and left crucified on a cross for three hours to die?

The fourteen Stations highlight some of the moments of Jesus’ immense pain on that journey but, we can easily assume not all. They start at the moment when he was condemned to death through to his final breath. The original version of the meditations used here were written by St Alphonsus Liguori (1696 – 1787).

Forgive me Jesus, for having condemned you.


Meditate on Jesus’ Passion: