Via Crucis on Good Friday
The Stations of the Cross is a Catholic tradition that is observed every Holy Week, specifically on Good Friday. It is a 14-step process which commemorates the passion and death of Jesus Christ. Each station represents a specific event during his passion of the cross. This tradition is observed by the individual pilgrim or devotee by going from one station to the other. During the visit of each station, the pilgrim says a prayer then moves to the next station until the 14 stations are completed.
The Stations of the Cross:
1st Station: Jesus is condemned to death
2nd Station: Jesus carries His cross
3rd Station: Jesus falls the first time
4th Station: Jesus meets his mother
5th Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross
6th Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
7th Station: Jesus falls the second time
8th Station: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
9th Station: Jesus falls a third time
10th Station: Jesus clothes are taken away
11th Station: Jesus is nailed to the cross
12th Station: Jesus dies on the cross
13th Station: The body of Jesus is taken down from the cross
14th Station: Jesus is laid in the tomb
We have listed some beautiful sites in Cebu where you can do pilgrimage at the 14 Stations of the Cross:
Celestial Gardens located at Good Shepherd, Banawa, Cebu City
Tabor Hills located located at Talamban, Cebu City
Mountain View Nature’s Park located at Busay, Cebu City
Q Park located at Compostela, Cebu
Discovery Hills located at Sitio Tagaytay, Barangay Tilha-ong, Consolacion
Talavera House of Prayer located at Greenbelt Drive, Quiot, Pardo, Cebu City
It is said that completing the 14 stations will give the pilgrims a feeling of fulfillment and a peace of mind. Good Friday is also considered one of the most sacred days of Christianity as it is on this day that Jesus Christ gave up his life to save us all.
Should you decide to go on a pilgrimage, wear something comfortable, and bring an umbrella as it is safe to assume that it is usually hot or sunny on a Good Friday, bring also a bottle of water, wear sun glasses if needed, and bring a prayer guide. Vendors are often found selling candles, prayer guides, rosaries and other religious objects as well as food and drinks at pilgrimage sites.
I hope you find this article beneficial as you plan to embark on a pilgrimage. Cebu has various Stations of the Cross pilgrimage sites, expect them to be crowded but I can assure you if you’re a devoted Catholic and it’s your first time you will find the experience worth it.