Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Two More Stations

The eighth station is often entitled: "Jesus speaks with the women of Jerusalem"

These women, upon seeing Jesus beaten and bloodied began to weep for him -- so pitiable was His condition.

Hearing their cries, Our Lord said to them something that I think is amazing: "Daughters of Jerusalem weep not for me, but for yourselves and for your children..." (the Gospel of St. Luke). I find it amazing that Jesus, after all He has gone through and knowing what He has yet to face, could take the time to speak words of counsel to these women. In fact, come to think of it, the only people Jesus spoke to directly during His "carrying of the cross" were women: His mother and these women. During the crucifixion, of course, He spoke to His Father, to His mother and to St. John.

The other icon I want to show you tonight is of the second station usually known as "Jesus receives the Cross".

In the first station, we see Jesus with His hands tied and chained. In this station, I wanted to show Him with His hands still tied (just like you would keep handcuffs on a prisoner). The soldier is in the process of laying the cross on the shoulder of Jesus after which His hands would be freed so that He could use them to hold the cross as He drags it behind Him.

The remaining stations that I am working on are the 13th (Jesus is taken down from the cross and laid in His Mother's arms) and the 14th (Jesus is laid in the tomb). I have just done the outline for what will be the 15th station (the Resurrection). In the past, churches usually only had 14 stations, but it has become more popular now to include a 15th station of the Resurrection as the story is incomplete without showing Christ's triumph over death.

We have had three beautiful days of sunshine and highs in the low 20's (that's the low 70's for you Americans); however, although tomorrow starts off sunny, the rain arrives in the afternoon and will stay with us for the rest of the week. Next week I hear we will be having our first hot weather of the year. That is only right, I guess, since summer officially begins on Sunday.

May peace be with you all.

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