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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:

  1. Jesus is condemned to death.
  2. Jesus falls the first time.
  3. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the Cross.
  4. Jesus takes up his Cross.
  5. Jesus meets his sorrowful Mother.
  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
  7. Jesus falls the second time.
  8. Jesus falls the third time.
  9. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem.
  10. Jesus is stripped of his garments.
  11. Jesus is nailed to the Cross.
  12. Jesus dies on the Cross.
  13. Jesus is taken down from the Cross and presented to his sorrowful Mother.
  14. 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.

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