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(Church of the Flagellation- 20/9/2010;

photo by Berthold Werner)


I have produced my own Stations of the Cross– fourteen in number,

which is traditional.  However, I have omitted the three ‘stumblings’

and Veronica.  I think I follow recent Roman Catholic editing on

some of this.

The Atonement is my focus and so I have not made the last Station

into a Resurrection.  I think that would be more of a Via Lucis.

( I am not a Roman Catholic, so feel that I can be more independent in

my artistic endeavour.)  I don’t start with Gethsemane, or The Last

Supper, or Judas’ betrayal, or Peter’s denial.  My idea was to concentrate

on 14 episodes in the narrative and I tried to find the quintessence of

the moment by creating 14 lunes, a variation on a poetic form invented

by Robert Kelly, which I have read about.  I use 3-5-3 syllables, so my stanzas

are very condensed and intense.  ( Kelly uses 5-3-5)

Anyway, see what you think:



Then Pilate

delivered Jesus

to the crowd.




The soldiers

stripped Him; mocked Him with

a thorn crown.




And Simon,

the Cyrenian,

bore His cross.




He walked:

two malefactors

beside Him.




O Daughters

of Jerusalem,

weep no more.




He refused

wine, mingled with myrrh,

though thirsty.




Pilate placed

‘King of the Jews’

above Him.




Chief priests,

scribes and elders mocked

Him: Come down!




His clothing

was divided up,

into lots.




Jesus said:

John, take good care of

my mother.




He then drank

vinegar and gall

from a sponge.




His head bowed;

He gave up the ghost.

It’s over.

(Jesus on the cross, St Raphael’s Cathedral,

Dubuque, Iowa. Feb 2006. Jesster 79- Commons Wiki)




His side, once

speared, issued forth blood

and water.




Taken down,

Joseph had Him placed

in his tomb.