Via Dolorosa Good Friday Sacred Remembrance
The Via Dolorosa
The Via Dolorosa (Latin,”Way of Grief”, “Way of Sorrows”, “Way of Suffering” or simply “Painful Way”) is a street, in two parts, within the Old City of Jerusalem, held to be the path that Jesus walked, carrying his cross, on the way to his crucifixion. The winding route from the Antonia Fortress west to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—a distance of about 600 metres (2,000 feet)—is a celebrated place of Christian pilgrimage. The current route has been established since the 18th century, replacing various earlier versions. It is today marked by nine Stations of the Cross; there have been fourteen stations since the late 15th century, with the remaining five stations being inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
The Via Dolorosa is a highly emotional part of the Easter season for Christians.
In recent years it has been memorialized in graphic, horrifyingly brutal detailed film.
For longer periods of time it has been memorialized in paintings and in song.
A 2008 interpretation of the Via Dolorosa sung by Christian singer Sandi Patti has been very popular and it has been augmented by a YouTube video depiction of the agonizing trek by Jesus carrying his cross to Calvary.
The quality of the video is less than we have come to expect but it still carries the full impact of the event.
Each year thousands of Christian pilgrims walk the Via Dolorosa and many carry crosses.
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