Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
A Description and Guide to the Stations of the Cross of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer Ruston, Louisiana
In 2011 the Church of the Redeemer acquired a wooden set of the Stations of the Cross thanks of the generous donation of an anonymous donor. Hand carved in Italy, the stations originally hung in St. Barnabas Church in Cambridge, MA. We are very fortunate to have this beautiful set grace the walls of our church.
In ancient times, Christians made pilgrimages to Jerusalem, usually during Holy Week. As part of their pilgrim journey, they would walk the route Jesus took with his cross to Calvary, stopping along the way for devotions to commemorate certain events that took place.
The service known as Stations of the Cross allows us to trace the last steps of Jesus. In the Episcopal Church, this service is usually held in Holy Week on Good Friday. The word “Stations” come from the Latin word that means to stand. As we come to each “Station” we stop, pray, read scripture, and contemplate the walk of Jesus to the cross. Following the Stations of the Cross becomes a devotional act for us as we follow Jesus to his death. The number of “Stations” as varied over the centuries. However, by the 18th century they were fixed at 14. Eight are based directly on events recorded in the Gospel and six are based on references either from the Gospel account or pious legends.
Click on a photo below to show the Details of each Station.