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What are the Stations of the Cross?
Following Jesus on his Way of the Cross by praying and meditating on the fourteen Stations is a very ancient devotion in the Church, which is practiced especially in Lent and Holy week.
The fourteen Stations of the Cross are:
- Jesus is condemned to death.
- Jesus falls the first time.
- Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the Cross.
- Jesus takes up his Cross.
- Jesus meets his sorrowful Mother.
- Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
- Jesus falls the second time.
- Jesus falls the third time.
- Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem.
- Jesus is stripped of his garments.
- Jesus is nailed to the Cross.
- Jesus dies on the Cross.
- Jesus is taken down from the Cross and presented to his sorrowful Mother.
- Jesus is laid in the tomb.
What is the purpose of a Christian funeral?
A Christian funeral is a service performed by the Christian community for the benefit of its dead. It expresses the sorrow of the survivors, yet it always has a Paschal character. Ultimately, we die in Christ so as to celebrate with him the feast of the Resurrection.