Stations of the Cross — Holy Cross Church, West Sacramento

Descriptive, glazed plaster Stations line the side walls of the nave. Each Station is numbered with Roman numerals and bears an inscription depicting the scene.

The Stations are in muted colors of tans and browns with cloaks and garb trimmed in gold for some. The expressions of the subjects bear the sorrow of the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross or Way of Sorrows) such as in Station Number Eight, Jesus Consoles the Holy Women or Station Number Four, Jesus Meets his Blessed Mother; however, the torturers bear countenances of scorn or indifference such as in Station Number Eleven, Jesus is Nailed to the Cross. By church regulation there must be a wooden cross at each Station, thus a brown wooden cross is featured very prominently in each Station at Holy Cross Church.

The chapel to the south of the sanctuary also includes crème-colored plaques, on the west wall, of the Stations of the Cross. These Stations are much smaller than those inside the church, and are mono-colored, with a decorative Romanesque arch on top of columned sides. On the bottom of each are Roman numerals and inscriptions in black lettering. If you are tall enough to see the features, these Stations are full of much detail and expression of the emotions experienced on Jesus’ path to Golgotha.

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