Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Stations of the Cross Graphics and Prayer Sources

Over @  La Dolce Vita you will find a wonderful post. Bia shares a beautiful idea.
I have the votives and the mantle . . . . Now I just need to get the photos up on my mantle!
As I searched for appropriate graphics I found such wonderful art and information! I had to share!

Norwalk Stations of the Cross

These Stations were painted by David O'Connell (1898-1976) and hung in the church in Chichester in the early 1960s.

Father Jonathan Martin, while at St Richard's, wrote this description:

"It has to be said that this particular set of the Stations of the Cross is not everyone's "cup of tea". The style of these paintings is quite different from the style of the Stations that usually adorn the walls of our churches. There is an apparent inaccessibility about that demands a certain amount of time and energy on the part of the onlooker. But time spent lingering over each painting will be repaid.

"The distinctive style of O'Connell's work, the "scored canvas", if you like, powerfully conveys the brutality and violence associated with the last journey of Christ. It peaks at the Crucifixion, and then, as Christ alone hangs on the cross, the freneticism subsides and a kind of exhausted tranquility takes over."

(Taken with permission from The Stations of the Cross a booklet by Fr Jonathan Martin, 1999.

The Fisheaters has a description of a very familiar and popular way of making the Stations of the Cross using the meditations written by St. Alphonsus Liguori (A.D. 1696-1787); that method (including meditations, prayers and the Stabat Mater stanzas) with Scriptural references added. You can download these (without the graphics below) in Microsoft Word's .doc format (16 pages).
The author of this website is adamantly opposed to the form of the Stations as outlined in the USCCB website. I appreciate finding the meditations by St. Alphonsus Liguori, the addition of Scripture and the Stabat Mater  -- but I do not agree with the apparent distrust of the Biblical Stations as shared by JPJII (see USCCB link below).  If any of my readers can shed light on the reasons for the Fisheaters view, please enlighten me.

Carolyn Gates
The Stations of the Cross series was a commissioned work for St. Bede's Episcopal Church in Forest Grove, Oregon, just outside Portland.
The commission was a wonderful project for me both artistically and spiritually. The Stations of the Cross have traditionally been used as a visual means of following in the footsteps of Christ's Passion, and as such is used as a spiritual tool by church goers.

I spent two months working on the initial drawings and compositions, and another three months painting the 14 watercolors below. The installation was held in February of 2005.

At the beginning of 2008, a Catholic church volunteer in Malaysia emailed me, requesting permission to use these images on the church Web site, noting that she "finds [the artwork] very unusual." I granted them this permission, and thus began a very unexpected blessing that has come out of the painting of the Stations. Since that first request, many more requests have come in from all over the world. Go to my Out and About page to see a listing of Geographic Locations where requests have come from.

In order to gain permission for use of my images, I require a description of the project in written form. If I feel that the request meets the use for which these paintings were intended, then I will send an electronic use agreement that the requesting party needs to agree to. I ask that a written request be made for each project.

Lyn Maxwell
Stations of the Cross, St Gregory's Church

Stations (Black and White) These may be just right for our family Stations --  history and geography included 
More history and geography in photographs HERE -

ART & THE BIBLE -- wonderful

The Vatican -- only one graphic in my quick perusal --- excellent source (obviously!)
and the USCCB -- JPJII 1991
Prayers and Direction
Order of St Benedict -- beautiful, prayerful and poetic (no graphics)


    Baltimore Basilica - Baltimore, MD
    Church of the Nativity - Atherton, CA
    Dominican Monastery - Detroit, MI
    Holy Trinity - Georgetown, Washington, DC
    Loretto Chapel - Santa Fe, NM
    Oblates of St. Francis de Sales - Childs, MD   
    Old Sacred Heart Cathedral - Detroit, MI
    Our Lady of Consolation, Basilica and National Shrine - Carey, OH
    Upper Church  -  Lower Church
    Our Lady of the Rosary - San Diego, CA
    Pictures & Prayers from an old Bible
    St. Andrew - Roanoke, VA
    St. Anne - Mackinac, MI
    St. Francis of Assisi - Triangle, VA
    St. Maria in Transpontina - Rome, Italy
    St. Martin de Porres - Peoria, IL
    St. Matthew's Cathedral - Washington, D.C.
    St. Mary's - Emmitsburg, MD
    St. Peter's - Bricktown, NJ
    St. Raphael's - Bethesda, MD   
    St. Térèsa of Lisieux - National Shrine - Royal Oak, MI


Bia said...


These are just lovely. I think that, after this year, I just may have to change our b/w stations for some with color.

Thanks, and blessings to you on this Ash Wednesday.

Soutenus said...


Aren't there some lovely graphics?
I really like the ones you use but I could not get the clarity I wanted from the copy (most probably my computer!)
That is why I started searching.
Wouldn't you know, I started this post a good month ago but it got lost in the shuffle so here I am -- ON Ash Wednesday getting it together! LOL

I am often not "on time" but I am mostly "in time" (JUST in time).
Thank you so much for the idea!

Blessings to you and yours!

Bia said...

I am a "just in the neck of time person", so I totally understand; in fact, for many years my boys thought that the first Sunday of Advent meant lighting TWO candles ... because I invariably wasn't ready for the first Sunday and so we picked it up a week later:)

When they told me that I couldn't stop laughing!

Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Have put a link to your wonderful blog!

Soutenus said...

Thank you, Jackie!

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