Stations of the Light (Resurrection)

, , / 6th February, 2017

The Via Crucis and the Via Lucis In addition to the engaging liturgies of the Triduum, the Way of the Cross, was a popular devotion which thrived throughout the Second Millennium of Christianity. Sometimes referred to by its Latin name, the Via Crucis was prayed usually on Fridays during the Forty Days of Lent, on the other weekdays of Holy Week (known as “Great Week” among the Eastern churches) and on Good Friday. In the early centuries of the Church, pilgrims made a penitential journey to Jerusalem to walk and pray the Stations of the Cross, known as the “via dolorosa” (the way of sorrow). In some contemporary Stations of the Cross, a fifteenth station has been added to commemorate the Resurrection of the Lord. The Via Lucis, the “Way of Light,” emerges for Triduum liturgies in the same spirit of devotion. Also known as the Stations of the Resurrection, this devotion parallels the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary just as the Via Crucis complement the Sorrowful Mysteries. These stations were discovered in the Catacombs of St. Callistus in Rome. The Via Lucis is particularly suited for Easter Sunday, for the weekdays of the Easter Octave (known as “Bright Week” among the Eastern churches), and throughout the Fifty Days of the Easter Season. In a fashion similar to the Via Crucis and the four passion narratives, the Via Lucis reflects upon the final chapters of each of the four gospels, which narrate the appearances of the Risen Lord from Easter to Pentecost. Fourteen “Stations of Light” have been identified. T

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