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The Way of the Cross
The Way of the Cross or the Via Dolorosa is the traditional route Jesus followed from Pilate's Judgement to Calvary Hill. Along the path there are chapels for reflection.
Station 1 & 2
The path begins in the site which recalls where Jesus was condemned and crowned with thorns and then begins the Way of the Cross at the Roman road with the striated stones.
Station 3: Jesus falls under the Cross for the first time.
Station 4: Jesus meets his mother.
Station 5: Simon is forced to carry the Cross.
A digression: We realized we were close to Bethesda with its remains of baths where the ill came to be healed. Jesus met and healed a paralytic here. We visited Bethesda and St. Anne's Basilica where one listened as many pilgrims sang. Their voices echoed and added to the overall awe we felt in this place. Below was the crypt dedicated to Mary's birth.
Station 6: Veronica wipes the sweat from Jesus' face.
Station 7: Jesus falls for the second time.
Station 8: Jesus consoles the women of Jerusalem: "Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over Me"
Station 9: Jesus falls for the third time.
The last five stations are in the Basilica.
Station 10: Jesus is stripped of His garments.
Station 11: Jesus is nailed to the Cross.
Station 12: Jesus dies on the Cross.
Station 13: Jesus is taken down from the Cross.
[Stone of Annointment where they put Jesus after his death]
Station 14: Jesus is laid in the Tomb. Site of Jesus' burial and the Resurrection, housed in its own chapel.
It was getting late, so we decided to return to the Basilica on another day to study and reflect. We were too hungry to stay much longer. So off we went to eat, and as our day ended, the Sabbath was just beginning at the Western Wall. We spent some time praying and listening to the songs of Praise from the Jews as they began their Friday night rituals.