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List the traditional 14 stations of the Cross, a brief history, and the events tied to each station. What they they mean to those who partake? Provide Scriptural support. Thanks.

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Lists the traditional 14 stations of the Cross, a brief history, and the events tied to each station. It alos discusses the meaning to those who participate in the way of the cross. Scriptures provided.

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The Stations of the Cross are a Catholic devotion meant to evoke a contemplative experience of Jesus' last hours.

The faithful follow a series of 14 pictorial images representing scenes of Jesus' condemnation, his road to Calvary, and his crucifixion. The images often are shown on the walls of Catholic churches so believers can move from one "station" to another, reflecting on Christ's suffering. The traditional 14 stations trace events as follows:

1: Jesus is condemned to death. [All the Gospels agree.]

2: Jesus bears his cross. [All the Gospels agree.]

3: Jesus falls the first time beneath the cross. [Although plausible, no falls are explicitly mentioned in the Gospels.]

4: Jesus meets his mother, Mary. [Although John 19:26 says Mary was standing nearby as Jesus died, the Gospel does not mention a meeting while he was carrying the cross.]

5: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry the cross. [Mark 15:21]

6: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus. [The theme of a woman wiping the sweat and blood from Jesus' ...

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