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Way of the Cross

WAY OF THE CROSS (Mt 27:32; Mk 15:21; Lk 23:26-32)

We practice the devotion of the Way of the Cross. Traditionally there are 14 stations, but the Bible does not document the three falls of Jesus, Jesus meeting his mother, and Veronica wiping the face of Jesus.

Mary’s meeting with Jesus on the way of the cross might have happened because she was also at the foot of the cross. That meeting might have been heart-breaking for Mary, though she knew he was fulfilling his mission. Mary is an outstanding role model for mothers sending their children to the missions.

The story of Veronica wiping the face of Jesus on the way to Calvary appeared in a book called “The Acts of Pilate”. It presents Veronica as the woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. She came up behind Jesus and touched the tassel of his cloak and got cured (Mt 9:20-22). The story also tells that Jesus left an image of his face on the cloth that she used to wipe his face. Veronica is said to have later gone to Rome and cured Emperor Tiberius by showing him a painting of Christ she made.

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