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Stations of the Cross: DC Art Tour Explores Jesus' Final Day on Earth


WASHINGTON -- A unique art tour is debuting in the nation's capital which uses various works of art to tell the story of Jesus Christ's final day on earth.

Called "The Stations of the Cross," the 14-stop tour features art depicting Jesus's walk from Via Dolorosa through the streets of Jerusalem. From cathedrals to museums, tourists are taken on a mini pilgrimage that weaves through religious as well as secular spaces.

"At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day," Catholic Online explains. "Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete."

The first stop, located at the United Methodist Building, begins when Jesus was condemned to death. The art tour ends at the Washington National Cathedral Chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea. There works are highlighted that tell the story of Jesus as he was laid in the tomb. "Stations of the Cross" runs until Easter, April 13.

Below are brief descriptions of each work of art and the corresponding scene depicting Jesus' arduous final journey.

Station One
Scene: Jesus is condemned to death by the mob.
Artwork: Ndume Olatushani 'Disrupting the Cradle to Prison Pipeline ' 2017
Venue: The United Methodist Building

Station Two
Scene: Jesus takes up his cross and begins his journey
Artwork: Lei Yixin, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, 2011
Venue: West Potomac Park

Station Three
Scene: Jesus falls the first time
Artwork: George Segal, Depression Bread Line, 1991
Venue: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Station Four
Scene: Jesus meets his mother
Artwork: Glenna Goodacre, 1993
Venue: Vietnam Women's Memorial

Station Five
Scene: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross
Artwork: Felix de Weldon, 1954
Venue: Marine Corp War Memorial - Iwo Jima

Station Six
Scene: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Artist/Artwork: Hans Memling, Saint Veronica, 1475
Venue: National Gallery of Art

Station Seven
Scene depicted: Jesus falls for the second time
Artwork: Barnett Newman, Stations of the Cross: Lema Sabachthani, 1958-1965
Venue: National Gallery of Art

Station Eight
Scene: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
Artwork: Leni Diner Dothan, Dead End, 2017
Venue: First Congregational United Church of Christ

Station Nine
Scene: Jesus falls the third time.
Artist/artwork: Michael Takeo Magruder, Lamentation for the Forsaken, 2016
Venue: Church of the Epiphany

Station Ten
Scene: Jesus is stripped of his garments
Artist/Artwork: Timothy Schmalz, Homeless Jesus, 2013
Venue: Catholic Charities

Station Eleven
Scene: Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross
Artwork: Altar Cross, 17th century
Venue: Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart at Georgetown University

Station Twelve
Scene: Jesus dies on the cross
Artist/Artwork: Fernando Botero, Abu Ghraib 73, 2005
Venue: American University Museum

Station Thirteen
Scene: Jesus is taken down from the cross
Artwork: Epitaphios
Venue: St. Sophia Orthodox Cathedral

Station Fourteen
Scene: Jesus is laid in the tomb
Artwork: Chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea
Venue: Washington National Cathedral

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