Jesus-PaintingStation of the Cross paintings by Rev. William Thompson, AB MDiv. MFA are on exhibit for your viewing and meditation in the zaguan of Christ Lutheran Church, 1701 Arroyo Chamiso Rd, Santa Fe, NM

Hours: weekly Mon-Wed & Fri. 9 am-12 noon; Tues &Wed 6-8 pm

Good Friday – 9 am – 5:30 pm; ALL SUNDAYS 8 am-12 noon

Here are short meditations for each of the Stations of the Cross that you may use to enhance your experience as you pass by each of the paintings. These stations can help us to remember Jesus and his passion during the Lenten Season, amidst our busy schedules.

Hours: weekly Mon-Wed & Fri. 9 am-12 noon; Tues &Wed 6-8 pm

Good Friday – 9 am – 5:30 pm; ALL SUNDAYS 8 am-12 noon

Here are short meditations for each of the Stations of the Cross that you may use to enhance your experience as you pass by each of the paintings. These stations can help us to remember Jesus and his passion during the Lenten Season, amidst our busy schedules.

First Station

Jesus is condemned to death.

We may have been criticized by others for no fault of ours. We may have been hurt. We may be unwanted and lonely in this world. We may be a burden for others. Let us give all those painful moments over to the Christ.

Second Station

Jesus carries the Cross.

Let us remember the times when we had difficulty carrying our cross in the form of sickness, pain, worry, despair, loneliness, guilt, loss of loved ones, financial problems and so on. As Jesus bore the cross with patience, let us be patient with our cross and look to Christ for strength.

Third Station

Jesus falls the first time.

Let us remember the first time we gave into the temptation to separate ourselves from God and think our ego was in control. Let us repent and ask for forgiveness.

 Fourth Station

Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.

Let us remember our family members and friends who were there with us, to comfort us during the most painful times of our life. Let us pray for them, for all the times they comforted us and brought back faith to our lives.

Fifth Station

Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem.

Let us be compassionate and merciful to the people around us. Let us open our eyes to the people suffering in this world. As Jesus comforted the women of Jerusalem, let us have mercy on those in distress. Let our hearts reach out to the wounded and the people who yet don’t know God’s love

Sixth Station

Jesus falls for the second time.

We often feel sorry and repent because we realize that we are missing the mark of living as expressions of God. But then soon again we fall into temptation and go back to living ego-driven lives. Let us surrender our hearts to Christ and be truly repentant and sorry. Let us strive not to keep committing the same mistakes over and over.

Seventh Station

Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross.

Think of the times when we were burdened with our cross, when the cross was too heavy for us to carry, and someone came into our lives to help us carry the cross. It may have been our spouse, our parents, our children, our friends or even a stranger. Let us thank Jesus for all those people who gave us hope.

Eight Station

Jesus meets his mother.

Let us remember Mary who gave birth to Jesus Christ and raised him on this earth. Let us be reminded of our own mother – how she nurtured and loved us when we were young.   Let our mother’s nurturing spirit be our comfort and strength during this earthly journey.

Ninth Station

Jesus falls the third time.

Let this be the last time we turn from the One. Let us make our hearts strong and pray to Jesus for strength to fight the temptations of negativity. Let us become closer to God during this Lenten Season, through Fasting, Prayer and charity.

 Tenth Station

Jesus is stripped of his clothes.

Surrender all those moments in your life, which you wish, had never happened and want to forget forever. It may have been a moment of great embarrassment or great shame. It may be a moment when somebody insulted you or hurt you deeply. When Jesus was stripped of his clothes, he was ashamed and hurt, but he bore everything for love. Let us invite Jesus to heal our wounds and surrender all painful moments of our lives to Him.

 Eleventh Station

Jesus is nailed to the Cross.

Let us give up the parts of our life that separate us from the One. Let all our fears and attachments be nailed to the cross so that we can live a new life in Christ. As Jesus endured unbearable pain while being nailed to the cross, let us bear our sorrows with patience and hold onto life.

 Twelfth Station

Jesus dies on the Cross.

Let the Ego-driven Man in us that separates us from God die on the Cross along with Jesus. Let us resolve to let go of our attachment to the false self that separates us from the love of God.

 Thirteenth Station

The body of Jesus is taken down from the Cross.

Jesus, you died to show us that God is love and is always within us. Let us always keep that in our minds and live this life with hope.Fourteenth Station

Jesus is laid in the tomb.

Let us be ever mindful that we are spiritual beings having a human experience and our life is Eternal as Jesus showed us when he rose from the tomb. Let us pray to Jesus for the grace of a happy death.