Stations of the Cross – St. Joseph Church, Tobias, NE

Colorful paintings of the Stations of the Cross line the side walls of the seating area. The routed wood frames of the Stations reflect the same care and able craftsmanship of the other woodwork in the church; and were donated in 1913 by Mrs. Maria (Mary) Fisher.

The fourteen Stations depict the suffering journey of Jesus on the way to His death at the hill of Golgotha with new paintings from 2016 which replaced the originals.

Most of the images contain limited details, with much of the information communicated in the expressions of the participants and the colors. In each scene Jesus and Mary are wearing dark blue cloaks to highlight them in each image. They also display a wide golden halo. Some Stations include additional detail such as in Station Number One, Jesus is Condemned to Death, where in the background a boy is pouring water over Pilate’s hands illustrating the passage, “When Pilate saw that he was not succeeding at all, but that a riot was breaking out instead, he took water and washed his hands in the sight of the crowd, saying, ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood. Look to it yourselves.’” (Mt 27:24). Station Number Eight shows Jesus Meeting the Holy Women of Jerusalem written about in Luke’s Gospel as “Jesus turned to them and said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children’” (Lk 23:28).

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