Posted October 7, 2010
Book: Sacred Journey: A Pilgrimage to the Stations of the Cross in Jerusalem
Author: Steven Brooke
Nicolas Hays, Inc. Lake Worth, FL. 2010. Pp. 79
An Excerpt from the Jacket:
This inspirational volume takes the reader on a personal pilgrimage to the Jerusalem of Christ. It vividly depicts the most holy places of His last days on earth, culminating with the fourteen Stations of the Cross. This carefully researched, scholarly presentation brings the story of the Passion into vivid focus.
For centuries, the Stations of the Cross have been a rich subject for scholars and a beloved cornerstone for the faithful. The stunning photographs in Sacred Journey present the ancient and timeless Old City of Jerusalem, and the sites of the fourteen Stations of the Cross with scholarly accuracy and artistic sensitivity. The evocative images of the streets, shrines, and chapels are accompanied by descriptive text providing insight into their history and the history of Christian pilgrimage. Whether you have visited Jerusalem or not, Sacred Journey takes you on your spiritual pilgrimage along this most holy path.
An Excerpt from the Book:
Station IV: Jesus Meets His Mother
“Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed – and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’ His mother treasured all these things in her heart.” Luke 2:34-35; 51
For the sins of His own nation,
Saw Him hang in desolation,
Till His spirit forth He sent
At the site of the Armenian-Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Spasm, Mary is believed to have spoken to Jesus on the way to the crucifixion. The church was built in 1991 and stands on Byzantine-era ruins, possibly those of St. Sophia (Holy Wisdom). A large mosaic was also discovered in the crypt at the level of the ancient street. The center of the mosaic depicted a pair of sandals indicating where Mary was believed to have been standing.
Table of Contents:
Foreward: Christian Pilgrimage in Jerusalem
History of the stations of the cross
Prelude to the Passion
Vade Mecum: An invitation to the pilgrimage
The Stations of the Cross
Bibliography and Readings
About the author