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Stations of the Cross or Way of the Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion.  It may be done at any time, but is most commonly done during the Season of Lent, especially on Good Friday and on Friday evenings during Lent.

 

In 1749, Pope Benedict XIV endorsed as official Church policy the view that the Colosseum was a sacred site where early Christians had been martyred. He forbade the use of the Colosseum as a quarry and consecrated the building to the Passion of Christ, declaring it sanctified by the blood of the Christian martyrs who perished there.

 

Placing a cross on a pedestal, as a symbol of the sufferings of all Christian martyrs, this cross is still the starting point for the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Since then, it has become an object of worship for Christians and was protected from further destruction and ruin; in fact, Popes after that restored and consolidated it.

 

He led an annual public prayer of the Stations of the Cross at the Roman Colosseum on Good Friday. Originally, the Pope himself carried the cross from station to station, but in his last years when age and infirmity limited his strength, John Paul presided over the celebration from a stage on the Palatine Hill, while others carried the cross.

 

ROME 2010

La Coloseo III

Stations of the Cross or Way of the Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion.  It may be done at any time, but is most commonly done during the Season of Lent, especially on Good Friday and on Friday evenings during Lent.

 

In 1749, Pope Benedict XIV endorsed as official Church policy the view that the Colosseum was a sacred site where early Christians had been martyred. He forbade the use of the Colosseum as a quarry and consecrated the building to the Passion of Christ, declaring it sanctified by the blood of the Christian martyrs who perished there.

 

Placing a cross on a pedestal, as a symbol of the sufferings of all Christian martyrs, this cross is still the starting point for the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Since then, it has become an object of worship for Christians and was protected from further destruction and ruin; in fact, Popes after that restored and consolidated it.

 

He led an annual public prayer of the Stations of the Cross at the Roman Colosseum on Good Friday. Originally, the Pope himself carried the cross from station to station, but in his last years when age and infirmity limited his strength, John Paul presided over the celebration from a stage on the Palatine Hill, while others carried the cross.

 

ROME 2010

comments (14)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Sep 2010, 06:51
Powerful stuff SAVO: are those people back there?
SAVO: yes they are Chris. thank you
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Sep 2010, 07:10
When I visited this place a few years back, SAVO, I didn't know about this Good Friday ritual there. I wish I did because it would have had a different feel to me. Once again, you have depicted this superbly. Thank you for your sensitive take on what could otherwise be a ghastly site.
SAVO: I only discovered the tradition researching and doing the tour. Hope you are well smile
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Sep 2010, 12:09
Fascinating history lesson SAVO.
SAVO: cheers Scarlet
  • Nadiuska
  • United States
  • 24 Sep 2010, 15:06
Wow...nice one, Savo...love the black and blue contrast!
SAVO: Thank you Nadiuska smile
Glad you like it
Excellent way of presenting this and it so matches the very interesting narative.
SAVO: Cheers Brian
Simple and graphic.
SAVO: Strength can be very delicate
  • Scotia
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Sep 2010, 21:14
Very Very good Savo the people give it great depth to the size.
SAVO: Thabks a lot Scotia. How is Hamish smile
A really powerfully emotive picture, even without the text to explain
SAVO: Many thanks EJ
  • JOHN
  • Turkey
  • 25 Sep 2010, 13:54
Excellent photograph.An interesting picture with great color.
SAVO: Thanks a lot John
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2010, 19:31
Stunning image!! Gorgeous silhouettes!!!
SAVO: I love Silhouettes. Thank you Marcie
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 1 Oct 2010, 12:59
Powerful image...and accompanying bit of information and ancient history. Love the silhouette against the darkening blue sky.
SAVO: Cheers MArcie
striking image
SAVO: Glad you like it Derek
Una bonita foto, me gusta la composiciĆ³n.

Saludos
SAVO: Gracias Bernado
Strong image

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