The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa

The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa

The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa
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Starting at St. Stephen's (Lions') Gate in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, this is the route Jesus is said to have followed as he carried the Cross to his crucifixion.
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Brun066
Florence, Italy11,503 contributions
Aug 2022
Together with the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is the culmination of this itinerary, the path believed to have been walked by Jesus in the hours of his sacrifice, is the element for which the city of Jerusalem is most sacred for Christians . The theological value of this path is very high, alluding to a qualifying element of Christianity, which is the belief that Jesus, divine being, became man and knowingly faced death to redeem humanity.
This path is repeated in countless places in the Christian world, both within churches and in the open air (among the latter I recall the paths in north-western Italy, and in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil).
In my opinion, even those who are not believers, but have lived in a Christian cultural way, will be impressed by the experience of this journey in Jerusalem.
The journey takes place almost entirely in the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem, and we had a Jewish theologian as our guide for the path, extremely knowledgeable and with a captivating speech. What better proof of the syncretism of this city?
The path generally starts from the courtyard of the Arab college of Al-Omariyeh (stage 1), then passes to the Franciscan convent of the Flagellation (stage 2), to the entrance of the Armenian Patriarchate (stage 3), to the church of Our Lady of the Pain (stage 4), at the door (generally closed) of a building where Simon of Cyrene helped Christ carry the cross (stage 5).
Other doors that are generally closed are the one at stage 6 (where Veronica is said to have wiped Jesus' face) and the one at stage 7 (where Jesus fell for the second time). After stage 7, the route leaves the supposed walls of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus (not the current ones). This, incidentally, explains why Golgotha could be not a hill, but a minimal prominence, today enclosed in the basilica of the Holy Sepulchre.
The place marked as stage 8 follows, where Jesus met the weeping women, and the Coptic monastery of Deir as Sultan, at which a column marks stage 9 (Jesus falls the third time).
The next five stages are located in the premises of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, in a crescendo of solemnity.
I believe that this brief description has already rendered the hieratic atmosphere of the journey. Actually walking it, however, is another thing.
Written 20 December 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia12,100 contributions
Nov 2022
The Via Dolorosa means the Way of Suffering,. The Stations of the Cross mark the the suffering of Jesus, and his progress from where he picked up the cross to the place where he was crucified. It is meaningful to Christians, especially Catholics for whom the Stations of he Cross are an important element of ritual observance.
Written 20 December 2022
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rascall
Thundersley, UK356 contributions
Nov 2022
How amazing and spiritual it is to walk the Via Dolorosa, the actual way that Jesus walked to his crucifixion. Very moving experience. Pray at each station of the Cross for peace. Amazing.
Written 18 December 2022
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,632 contributions
Nov 2022
This was somewhat different to what I was expecting. You are walking along thronging narrow streets packed with tourists and locals making a lot of noise. The Stations of the Cross are marked but easily missed so this trip is best done with a guide. There are also a number of shrines and small chapels on the way. Some are interesting but many are missable.
Written 17 December 2022
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,162 contributions
Nov 2022
We walked along this route to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and it did make the story from the Bible come alive. The church itself was also very beautiful and fortunately not too crowded when we were there.
Written 16 December 2022
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Tony C
Bedford, UK1,112 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
It was called the stations of the cross when I was growing up which represent the various stages of the walk of Jesus with the cross those thousands of years ago.
The walk starts ok the Muslim quarter and takes you to various stages (the way of the cross). Ensure you have a guide who can explain each stage to you (and ensure you don’t get lost).
If you are in Jerusalem this is a good way to walk around the old town whilst seeing religious history.
It’s not a long walk and while it’s through narrow streets it’s not too strenuous.
Written 2 December 2022
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Travellingdoc
London, UK5,421 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
A really interesting place to walk the final walk of Jesus with the various stations of the cross and experience the other historic sites built over the stations in the last 2000years.
Written 1 November 2022
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Angel Lazar
Jerusalem, Israel154 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
This just has to be done by foot, carrying a cross from the very Garden of Gethsemane to Calvary and the Tomb of the Holy Sepulchre! This is the single most important part of our pilgrimmage journey!
Written 23 June 2022
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Lee S
Australia2,501 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Walking Via Dolorosa the root Jesus took to his crucifixion is a moving Experience.
There are 14 stations on the walk, cobblestone & steps ( slippery ) in some places. This is a tourist area with many shops so it gets very busy also beware of the small vehicles traveling along it. The walk finished at the Holy Sepulchre.
Written 14 April 2022
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,134 contributions
Dec 2019
In Latin, the "Way of Grief" or "Way of Suffering" is a humbling experience for the Christian Pilgrim. Definitely a must do experience, traveling this venerated Via, where Jesus was tried and carried His cross to His crucifiction. We unfortunately found several of the Stations closed when we walked the Via Dolorosa, but found it a moving experience none-the-less. Try not to get distracted by all of the bustling people and shops along the way; you may return to shop after completing the journey if you wish. I brought my Bible to read the Scriptural reference at each of the Stations along the way. TIP: We first toured "The Kotel", which leads through the Western Wall Tunnels, were we emerged at the end, onto the start of the Via Dolorosa. For the best experience on the Via Dolorosa, try to walk early, or after the tours of Christian pilgrims depart for the day, as it can get extremely congested, both on the processional route and at the conclusion in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Written 17 November 2020
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