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Scriptural Stations of the Cross, to pray at home
These are painting studies. They are not finished paintings. I usually don’t share my studies. However, these are not usual times. We can’t gather at churches, where Stations of the Cross are commonly found.

These alternative stations were written by Pope John Paul II. He first celebrated them on Good Friday 1991.

I invite you to reflect deeply on the Scriptural accounts through my art.

Stations of the Cross, Station I, by Linda McCray

Station I: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to feel sorrow and distress. Then he said to them, "My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me." He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will." When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep. He said to Peter, "So you could not keep watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matthew 26:36-41

The viewer stands with the disciples. Jesus has gone way over there, symbolized by the gold circle halo. His prayerful connection is conveyed with speckled white paint. Blues and greens offer a garden feel.

Stations of the Cross, Station II, by Linda McCray

Station II: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested

Then, while [Jesus] was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who had come from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. His betrayer had arranged a signal with them, saying, "the man I shall kiss is the one; arrest him and lead him away securely." He came and immediately went over to him and said, "Rabbi." And he kissed him. At this they laid hands on him and arrested him. Mark 14: 43-46

Slashes of paint speak of swords and clubs. Gold paint emanates from Jesus, whose Light is symbolized by white.

Stations of the Cross, Station III, by Linda McCray

Station III: Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin

When day came the council of elders of the people met, both chief priests and scribes, and they brought him before their Sanhedrin. They said, "If you are the Messiah, tell us," but he replied to them, "If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I question, you will not respond. But from this time on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God." They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?" He replied to them, "You say that I am." Then they said, "What further need have we for testimony? We have heard it from his own mouth." Luke 22: 66-71

Rough edges of division from white to black speak of harsh confrontation.

Stations of the Cross, Station IV, by Linda McCray

Station IV: Jesus is Denied by Peter

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. One of the maids came over to him and said, "You too were with Jesus the Galilean." But he denied it in front of everyone, saying, "I do not know what you are talking about!" As he went out to the gate, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, "This man was with Jesus the Nazorean." Again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man!" A little later the bystanders came over and said to Peter, "Surely you too are one of them; even your speech gives you away." At that he began to curse and to swear, "I do not know the man." And immediately a cock crowed. Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had spoken: "Before the cock crows you will deny me three times." He went out and began to weep bitterly. Matthew 26: 69-75

The brashly painted murky green strokes lash out Peter’s denial against the Light of Jesus. Grey speaks of the gloomy weight of his actions.

Stations of the Cross, Station V, by Linda McCray

Station V: Jesus is Judged by Pilate

The chief priests with the elders and the scribes, that is, the whole Sanhedrin, held a council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate questioned him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" He said to him in reply, "You say so." The chief priests accused him of many things. Again Pilate questioned him, "Have you no answer? See how many things they accuse you of." Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.... Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barrabas... [and] handed [Jesus] over to be crucified. Mark 15: 1-5, 15

The gestural tan brush strokes convey the binding of Jesus’ hands. The deep blues figuratively speak of the dark time.

Stations of the Cross, Station VI, by Linda McCray

Station VI: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged. And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed him in a purple cloak, and they came to him and said,"Hail, King of the Jews!" And they struck him repeatedly.
John 19: 1-3

Purple symbolizes the cloak, yellow the Light of Christ, and black a gash of scourging.

Stations of the Cross, Station VII, by Linda McCray

Station VII: Jesus Bears the Cross

When the chief priests and the guards saw [Jesus] they cried out, "Crucify him, crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and crucify him. I find no guilt in him." ... They cried out, "Take him away, take him away! Crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your king?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar." Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha.
John 19: 6, 15-17

In this painting study, the Light of Christ radiates in yellow as He carries His cross.

Stations of the Cross, Station VII, by Linda McCray

Station VIII: Jesus is Helped by Simon the Cyrenian to Carry the Cross

They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.
Mark 15: 21

Holy are His helpers! I have created two gold ensō symbols (open circles) to express the holiness of both men. They are not complete circles to express their journey is not over.

Stations of the Cross, Station IX, by Linda McCray

Station IX: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children, for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, 'Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.' At that time, people will say to the mountains, 'Fall upon us!' and to the hills, 'Cover us!' for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?"
Luke 23: 27-31

White paint of tears.

Stations of the Cross, Station X, by Linda McCray

Station X: Jesus is Crucified

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. [Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."]
Luke 23: 33-34

Grueling pain is expressed through vivid reds, dark colors and rough texture.

Stations of the Cross, Station XI, by Linda McCray

Station XI: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us." The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
Luke 23: 39-43

The yellow expresses the Light of Jesus. There is day and night difference between the two thieves, symbolized by light and dark. The blues and whites speak of how the Good Thief will be with Jesus in heaven.

Stations of the Cross, Station XII, by Linda McCray

Station XII: Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
John 19: 25-27

The Light of Jesus is in the form of a cross and dominates this composition as our central devotion. Jesus said to his disciples, “Behold, your mother.” All his disciples, including us, are represented in tan. Our Mother Mary is traditionally symbolized by blue.


Stations of the Cross, Station XIII, by Linda McCray

Station XIII: Jesus Dies on the Cross

It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit"; and when he had said this he breathed his last.
Luke 23: 44-46

Drops of gold paint amidst deep blue convey Jesus’ spirit ascending into our Father’s hands.

Stations of the Cross, Station XIV, by Linda McCray

Station XIV: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be handed over. Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it [in] clean linen and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed.
Matthew 27: 57-60

In deep purples the Light of Jesus glimmers of the hope to come.

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