We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. ~Isaiah 64:8

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Way of the Cross for Children - choosing the stations

Well, I spent the afternoon digging around a couple of websites and have found some great images for the "Way of the Cross for Children" stations.

Instead of 7 stations, I've decided to go with 9 (with 10 being the resurrection). After I chose the stations, I discovered that in biblican symbology the number "9" stands for man's imperfection and God's judgment, while 10 represents perfection. I just think that is neat!

Station 1: Jesus is condemned (Matthews 27:11)
Station 2: Jesus takes up the cross (Matthew 27:24-31)
Station 3: Jesus Falls (Isaiah 53:1-4)
Station 4: Simon of Cyrene carries the cross (Luke 23:26)
Station 5: Jesus comforts the women of Jerusalem (Luke 23:26-31)
Station 6: Jesus is stripped of his clothes (John 19:23-24)
Station 7: Jesus is nailed to the cross (Luke 23:33)
Station 8: Jesus dies (Luke 23:43-49)
Station 9: Jesus is laid in the tomb (Matthew 15:57-66)
and Station 10 (which will go home as a scroll for them to open Easter Sunday): Jesus is resurrected (Matthew 28:1-20)

The images I found for each station are below. Most of them came from the website "Art and The Bible" - from the "Way of the Cross" page. This website is a fantastic, rich resource. Those that can't be found on this website came from a general Google image or Wikipedia search on the title/artist.

I've decided to use fine art prints instead of some of the line drawings I'd found. Mostly because I'm an Art History buff - and any chance to use good art makes me happy, but I also thought this would appeal to the parents. Besides, we are always look for opportinuties to expose our kids to good art.

Here are the images I'm using:

Christ Before Pilate
Il Tintoretto 1565

Christ Leaving the Praetorium
Gustave Dore 1873

The Carrying of the Cross
Matin Schongauer circa 15th c.

Way to Calvary
Duccio di Buoninsegna 1308

Christ and Mary Magdalene
Peter Paul Reubens 1618

The Disrobing of Christ
El Greco 1583

Bertram of Minden 1394

The Crucifixion
Andrea Mantegna 1457

The Entombment
Caravaggio 1602

The Resurrection
Matthias Grunewald 1510

Today I'm working on the devotions to go along with these stations. Check back tomorrow and I'll share with you what I've come up with!


elephantschild said...

"What?!" cries your lone Lutheran reader. "All that great ecclesiastical art and no Lucas Cranach the Younger?" :)

But it's ok, because your idea & concept are so awesome.

At A Hen's Pace said...


What a great idea!! And lovely artwork for the Stations.

Our older kids have always gone, uncomplainingly, to our church's Stations of the Cross service while I stayed home with the younger ones. One year I went and it was so meaningful!

Hope all goes well and many are blessed--


Jamie said...

I think it's great that you put the time and effort into doing something to include the younger ones. Good work; I think the families fortunate enough to participate will really appreciate the end product. :)

Love the artwork you chose, too.