I spent most of yesterday at the Toledo Museum of Art. (BTW one of my favorite places to visit) I love Monet and Van Goth. However, for me, the best part of the Museum is the Cloisters. It is designed to look like a commons area for a monastery or convent. Around the room are placed many Christian art pieces. My favorite is a very small triptych of the Stations of the Cross. Thinking about the pictures and their significance to the believer I decided to do some research as to what these ‘stations’ were.
This liturgy (set of scriptures) is often used on Good Friday to focus the mind on Jesus’ final week. The stations range from seven to fifteen. Interestingly, I found only one that included the Resurrection. This made me wonder what is the point of the Cross without the Resurrection?
The stations and their matching Scripture:
I sincerely hope those of you reading this will take the time to look up these scriptures and ponder the Via Dolorosa. Another name for the Stations of the Cross.
Father, You alone created this event to pave the way for our sins to be forgiven. The Last Sacrifice has been made. The Lamb is on the Throne. He is Risen! Amen and Amen!