St. Thomas Stations of the Cross
The St. Thomas Stations of the Cross were designed and created by a group of St. Thomas youth in the 1990's. They depict the 8 biblical stations of Jesus last journey, from condemnation to the tomb. During most of the year, they hang in the back hallway of the sanctuary, near the sacristy and vesting rooms. They are taken out and used during the service of Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.
Station #1 - Jesus is condemned to death.
At the first station, Jesus is condemned to be crucified by Pontius Pilate.
Station #2 - Jesus takes up his cross.
At the second station, the cross is laid upon Jesus as he is forced to carry it to his place of crucifixion.
Station #3 - The cross is laid upon Simon of Cyrene.
At station number three, after Jesus has fallen twice with the cross, and is suffering greatly, we hear how the Roman soldiers force Simon, a native of Cyrene in Northern Africa, to carry the cross for Jesus.
Station #4 - Jesus meets the women.
At the fourth station, Jesus encounters the women who have been following him. They are wailing and weeping for him, but Jesus tells them not to weep for him, but to weep for themselves and their children.
Station #5 - Jesus is stripped of his garments.
At station number five, Jesus has arrived at Golgatha (the place of the skull) and is stipped of his clothing. The soldiers divide up his clothes among them. Jesus cloak is one piece, so they draw lots in order to decide who gets it.
Station #6 - Jesus is nailed to the cross.
At station six, Jesus is crucified. He is nailed to the cross, along with two criminals, one on either side.
Station #7 - Jesus dies on the cross.
Station number seven, Jesus, with a loud cry of, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit," dies on the cross.
Station #8 - Jesus is laid in the tomb.
The eight station, Jesus is laid in the tomb. A rich man named Joseph of Arimathea, begs Pilate for Jesus body. He then takes it and lays it in his own new tomb, hewn into the rock, and rolls a great stone over the opening.