From earliest times Christians took time to pause and reflect on the journey Jesus took from the time of his arrest to the Crucifixtion. The number of stations reflected upon and the events that were considered varied greatly according to culture and circumstances. In the 18th century a pattern of a particular 14 developed. In recent times a return has been made to variation. Following the example of John Paul II today an emphasis is often on stations centred on Gospel events.
Caritas produce some great resource for schools and their Way of the Cross here is an excellent Lenten example.
Station Stations – An anonymous artist has designed a pamphlet depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross and has arranged them so they sit alongside stations of the Tube line in London.
Lent is also a time when we remember Jesus’ trial of 40 days and nights in the desert.