How to Walk the Path of Suffering: The Most Popular Route in Jerusalem (2023)

Back in the good old days, when I used to be a guide, I used to take a lot of tourists on the Way of Misery. According to Christians, the Via Dolorosa is the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion and resurrection. This is a famous route in the Old City of Jerusalem, passing through the Muslim Quarter and following the 14 Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In this post I want to give you all the information you need for a self-guided tour of Via Dolorosa.

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What does Via Dolorosa mean?

Before we get started - let's talk about the meaning of "Via Dolorosa". In Latin, "via" means "way". "Dolorosa" comes from the Latin "dolor", which means "suffering". In short, it is "painful way" or "painful way". In English, it is also known as "crossroads" or "crossroads". So, if you come across any of these names, you know they're probably talking about the Avenue of Misery.

The idea is to step in the footsteps of Jesus and try to feel what he felt. That's why you might see groups of Christians walking down the road with a wooden cross, praying and weeping.

Today, you can find the Way of the Torment in many Catholic churches. There are 14 icons on the walls of the church, each depicting a different "station" on the Way of the Passion. But if you want the real thing - you can only find it in Jerusalem.

Are there any references to the Way of the Cross in the New Testament?

The New Testament mentions the events leading up to Jesus' death on the cross and his resurrection. But not all stations of tribulation are mentioned. 5 of the stations are not based on the New Testament, but on Catholic tradition. Later in the post I will tell you which station is based on the New Testament or tradition.

Via Dolorosa map

Here is a map I made of the Via Dolorosa route. It does not include stations #11 to #14 as they are inside the church and this map is schematic only. You can also check out my google maps below to see the exact location of the Station of the Cross.

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How can you recognize the station?

There are two ways to identify a station on Via Dolorosa. First, a half circle will appear on the floor in a different color than the rest of the sidewalk. Second, there will be a metal plate on the wall with the number of the station engraved in Latin numerals. Recently, they also added a small 3D icon next to each plate, depicting the story of the station.

The station inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (station #10-#14) is not marked as it violates the status quo.

How long will it take to complete Via Dolorosa?

Usually, it takes about 2 hours to walk the whole way. It may take more time if you want to stop next to each station to pray or if you want to enter the tomb of Jesus. It may also take more time if there are many tourists and the streets are crowded. If you have time before starting the Via Dolorosa, I recommend visiting the nearby Mount of Olives. The story of Holy Week for Jesus begins my post >> The Many Attractions of the Mount of Olives: What to See?

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Fourteen Crosses

First Station: Jesus Sentenced to Death

The station is located at El-Omariya School, Via Dolorosa, in the Muslim Quarter. Access to school is only allowed after 2pm or on Friday or Saturday when children are not present.

The first stop is the place where Jesus was sentenced to death by Pontius Pilate, the fifth governor of the Roman province of Judea. This station is based on the New Testament. He was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane on Thursday, interrogated by the high priest before being sentenced to death on Friday morning.

According to tradition, the trial took place here, where the El-Omariya School is today. In the past, it was the site of the Antonia Fortress. This fortress was built here by King Herod to oversee the Temple Mount. Today, most buildings come from 14Daycentury, the Mamluk era.

In the New Testament, they don't mention "Antonia", but "Praetorium", which means "headquarters". That's where the governor stayed. So, the big question is: where did Pontius Pilate live when he was in Jerusalem? Tradition says it was located at the Antonia Fortress because it was a powerful strategic location. But most archaeologists think he lived in Herod's Palace, right next to today's Jaffa Gate. His main headquarters was at Caesarea by the sea, but he came to Jerusalem to oversee the steady stream of pilgrims because of Passover.

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"Jesus stood before the governor. The governor asked Jesus, "Are you the King of the Jews?" ’ Jesus said to him, ‘As you said. He did not answer when the chief priests and elders accused him. Pilate said to him, "How much of the things they testified against you have you not heard?" "But Jesus said nothing, so that the governor was very surprised." (Matthew 27:11-14).

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Second Station: Jesus takes up his cross

This station is located opposite the El-Omariya School at the Monastery of the Flagella. In summer, hours of operation are 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. In winter, 8am to 5pm.

The second station is where Jesus was crucified. The station is adapted from the New Testament.

Flagellation Chapel

Inside the compound, there are several places worth seeing. I suggest you start your visit with the Flagellate Church on the east side of the compound. According to tradition, this is where Roman soldiers tortured Jesus, scourged him, put a crown of thorns on his head, gave him a magic wand and put him in a purple cloak. They did this to mock him as the "King of the Jews."

The church itself was designed by Antonio Barluzzi, one of the Holy Land's greatest architects. He built it on the ruins of a Crusader-era church. When you walk in and look above the altar, you'll see a mosaic with a terrifying crown of thorns dripping with blood. But there is also some optimism - flowers are starting to bloom from the thorns. They are similar to the life born of Jesus' crucifixion and sacrifice.

Three stained glass windows depict events associated with the trail. In the left window you can see Pontius Pilates washing his hands and washing himself of his guilt. In the middle you can see the Scourge, where Jesus is tied to a pillar and scourged by the Romans. In the right window, the Jewish prisoner Barabas is released. Pontius Pilates offered to release a prisoner in honor of Passover, and the Jews chose Barabas.

The facade of the chapel is also worth seeing. At the top of the facade, there are medallions depicting events or things that added to Jesus' suffering. For example, there is a medallion with a rooster and three stars, symbolizing the three negations of St. Peter.

related scriptures

"Then the governor's soldiers brought Jesus into the governor's house, and gathered the whole garrison around him. They stripped him, and put him in a scarlet robe. When they had twisted into a crown of thorns,itOn his head, in his right hand he holds a reed. They bowed their knees before him and mocked him, saying, "Long live the King of the Jews!" And they spit on him and struck him on the head with a reed. " (Matthew 27:27-30)

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Chapel of the Cross

On the other side of the compound, there is the Chapel of the Cross. In the past, it was believed to be part of the Antonia Fortress. So it makes sense that Jesus would receive the cross here after his trial. However, when Israeli archaeologists excavated here, they discovered that it was not part of the fortress. Still, the tradition persists.

This modern chapel was built by Franciscan monks over an 11th-century Byzantine churchDaycentury. Next to the altar, in the central painting, you can see the moment when Jesus carries the cross. Pontius Pilates washes his hands standing on the top of the stairs.

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Holy Land Museum

Before continuing on to the rest of the Via Dolorosa, you can visit the Terra Sancta Museum, also located in the Flagellation Monastery. This is a small museum with a multimedia exhibit on the Avenue of the Passion and some archaeological finds related to Jesus and Christianity. Hours of operation are 9am to 12pm, Monday to Saturday. Entrance fee is about 15 NIS. For more information, please visitOfficial website of the Terra Sancta Museum.

Third Station: Jesus falls for the first time

The station is located at the junction of Al Alam and HaGai streets, in a church owned by Armenian Catholics.

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The third station is where Jesus fell for the first time. According to tradition, he fell three times on the way to his crucifixion. It makes sense that a man would collapse with such a heavy cross after a sleepless night and torture. But it is not mentioned in the New Testament.

Station 4: Jesus meets his mother

This station is immediately adjacent to the third station, in a church called "Our Lady of the Spasm" owned by Armenian Catholics.

The fourth station is where Jesus meets his mother, the Virgin Mary, also known as Santa Maria. This can be a sad meeting. For the first time the Virgin Mary saw her son fall under the weight of the cross. This is one of the most famous events in the Passage, but it is not mentioned in the New Testament.

The place is owned by Armenian Catholics, a small Christian group loyal to the Pope. This is the only place they have in the Holy Land. If the church is open, go inside and see the Byzantine mosaic with two footprints printed on it. The Byzantines probably made this mosaic to commemorate the place where the Virgin Mary stood.

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Station 5: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross

The station is located at the junction of HaGai and the second half of Via Dolorosa Street.

The fifth station is where Simon of Cyrene helped Jesus to be crucified. This is a scene from the New Testament. Jesus was so tired that he could barely carry the cross, so Roman soldiers picked a man from the street to help him. Simon was not from Jerusalem. He was from Cyrene, somewhere near present-day Libya. But he came to the city as a Passover pilgrim. It's unclear whether he helped Jesus for a long time or a short time. Either way, even for a short time, it helps.

Many pilgrims stopped here and put their palms on the concave part of the city wall. According to tradition, Jesus stopped here to rest and placed his hand on the wall, leaving a mark with his hand. The building itself is not from the time of Jesus, but tradition says the stone bearing the imprint is from the original building.

related scriptures

"As they were leading him away, they seized Simon, a man from Cyrene, who had come from the country, and put the cross on him, and ordered him to bear it after Jesus." (Luke 23:26)

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Station 6: Veronica wipes Jesus' face

The station is next to Veronica House Chapel, on Via Dolorosa Street.

At the sixth station, Veronica wiped Jesus' face. According to tradition, Veronica was one of Jesus' followers. Her home was here, and she saw Jesus passing by carrying the cross. His face was covered with sweat, drool and mud. She came out of the house and wiped his face with a cloth she had in her hand. As Jesus continues his way, Veronica discovers that his face is printed precisely on the cloth. It was later discovered that the healing effect of the cloth was due to its direct contact with Jesus. According to Catholics, this miraculous cloth is kept in the Vatican in Rome.

The chapel next to the station is owned by Greek Catholics, another Christian group that has left the Orthodox church for papal patronage. Many Christian Arabs belong to this Christian group in Israel.

Station 7: Jesus falls a second time

The station is located at the junction of Via Dolorosa and Beit HaBad streets.

If you continue to walk along the Way of the Cross, you will soon reach the seventh station of the Way of the Cross. This is where Jesus fell the second time. It makes sense that he would get tired from climbing up here and then fall off.

In the past, Beit Hubad Street was the Sikaddo of Jerusalem, one of the main streets of the city. Usually, the chapel here is closed. But if you're lucky, it might be open, and then you can go in and see the original column from Cardo.

Since 13DayFor centuries, pilgrims have called this place the "Gate of Judgment". According to tradition, this is where Jesus left the city. The place of crucifixion was outside the city walls. The city was much smaller back then than it is now, so the walls may have been here.

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Station 8: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

The station is located on Ma’alot E-Khanka Street.

The eighth station is where Jesus talks to the women of Jerusalem. If we were in Jesus' time, the station would have been outside the city walls. Today, we are still inside the old city, so we need to use our imagination. Poor women in Jerusalem standing on the road to the crucifixion point, weeping, feeling sorry for Jesus. According to Luke 23:27-31, Jesus turned to them and said, "Women of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but for yourself and for your children." He told them that they must repent and obey the laws of their religion, lest they be It's too late because the end of the world is near.

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"Many people followed him, and women wept and wailed for him. Jesus turned to them and said, "Women of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but for yourself and for your children. Indeed, the day will come when they will say, "Blessed are the barren, the womb that never gave birth, the breast that never suckled!" Then they will begin to "say to the mountain: "Fall on us ! Say to the mountain, "Cover us!" ’ For if they do these things in the green forest, what will happen in the dry forest? ” (Luke 23:27-31)

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Station 9: Jesus falls for the third time

The station is on a side street above the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

To get to the next stop, you need to retrace your steps on Beit HaBad Street, turn right, keep going, and turn right towards the ninth stop. It may seem odd that you have to backtrack, but don't worry—Jesus didn't take this detour. I could have walked straight from Station No. 8 to Station No. 9. But today, a monastery stands between the two stations, making it impossible to pass.

The ninth station is where Jesus fell for the third time. According to tradition, the metal plate indicating the location of the station is not where Jesus fell. Instead, you should look at the tan pillars at the left end of the street.

The area is a large Coptic compound. If you have time, I suggest you go to Helen Reservoir. There is an entrance on the right at the end of the street. You pay a small fee at the entrance and climb down a long flight of stairs to a huge cistern. According to tradition, Constantine I's mother Helena ordered excavations here. Originally, tradition says they used the place as a quarry for building blocks in order to build the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The cistern is impressive and a great place to sing as it has great acoustics.

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Station 10: Jesus is stripped of his clothes

The station is at the Franks Chapel, visible from the outer courtyard of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

You can go back to Beit Hubad Street and walk to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. But if you want to take a shortcut, I recommend walking through the Deir Sultan Monastery and then climbing down the outer courtyard of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre along the Ethiopian Church. Just make sure to keep quiet and respect the Ethiopian church.

A little about Deir Sultan

Deir Al-Sultan is a monastery on the roof of the Helena Chapel in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Today, Ethiopian monks live here. Ethiopians claim that two different kings granted them ownership of the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre: King Solomon and Saladin. But the Copts also claim that they own this part of the church. So, controversial.

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tenth stop

After arriving at the outer courtyard of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, you can take a look at 10DayStation of the Cross. It is the Frankish church on the right side of the facade. If the interior of the church is not too crowded, you can also peek inside the church from the windows on the second floor.

This station is where Jesus was stripped because he was crucified without clothes. Mentioned in the New Testament.

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Learn more >> The Complete Guide to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Station 11: Jesus is crucified

The station is located inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, on the second floor, near Golgotha.

After entering the church, turn right and follow the stairs to the second floor. The first chapel you will enter is 11DayStations of the Cross, where Jesus was crucified. Long ago, when the church was first built, there was no floor here. This is an open air garden with Golgotha ​​rocks up to 5 meters high. Golgotha ​​is the rock on which Jesus was crucified.

At the back of the chapel, above the altar, you can see a modern mosaic depicting the crucifixion of Jesus. Another mosaic worth seeing is on the south wall of the church. It depicts the story of the binding of Isaac. You can see the angel preventing Abraham from sacrificing Isaac. Instead, the angel points to a ram in the bushes, which Abraham sacrifices as a substitute. In the mosaic depicting the crucifixion of Jesus, there is no substitute. Because in the eyes of Christians, Jesus is sacrificing himself and not us. Therefore, no one can replace him.

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Station 12: Jesus dies on the cross

The station is next to station 11.

The main chapel on the second floor is dedicated to the crucifixion and death of Jesus on the cross. This is where the cross is placed on top of the Golgotha. Today, the top of Calvary is secured by a thick layer of glass so that pilgrims do not take chunks of it home.

Often there is a line of people waiting to touch the exact spot where, according to tradition, the cross of Jesus is located. Three human icons stand on Golgotha: Jesus on the cross, the Virgin Mary (to his right) and the Apostle John (to his left). Before dying, Jesus said to the two men on the cross: "You will be her son, and you will be his mother."

related scriptures

"It was about noon now, and until noon the whole land was dark. Then the sun became dark, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." ” And after saying this, he died. (Luke 23:44-46)

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Station 13: Jesus is taken down from the cross

This station is located between #11 and #12 stations.

Between the two chapels on the second floor, you'll find a statue of the Virgin Mary. The statue commemorates the station where Jesus was taken down from the cross. His mother took his body in her arms and wept with grief. The statue even has a sword over her heart, symbolizing how deep her pain was.

The New Testament tells us that Jesus was taken down from the cross, but there is no mention of his mother. Still, she was there for a reason, so that's how the tradition was born.

related scriptures

"In the evening, there came a rich man named Joseph from Arimathea, who also became a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate ordered that the body be handed over to to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in a new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone over the door of the tomb, and went away.” (Matthew 27 Chapter 57-60)

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Station 14: Jesus is laid in the tomb

The station is located on the west side of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the rotunda.

The terminus of the Via Dolorosa is the tomb of the Aedicule. Some people also stop at the anointing stone on their way to the cemetery. It is not part of the official Way of the Cross, but it is where Jesus was prepared to be buried.

Thus, the tomb itself is located within the Aedicule, the large structure in the middle of the rotunda. The Rotunda is the round hall at the west end of the church. Often you will find long queues of pilgrims and tourists waiting to enter the Aedicule. Entry may take several hours. During the corona pandemic, I entered Aedicule taking advantage of the fact that there were no tourists.

The Aedicule is divided into two rooms. In the first one, there is a stone that looks like a table. According to tradition, it was part of the stone that covered the entrance to the tomb. When a group of women visited the tomb on Sunday morning, they found it open. An angel greeted them and told them that Jesus had risen. The second room is where the body of Jesus is placed.

It turned out that there was no Aedicule around the tomb. The tomb exists independently and is a kind of burial cave.

related scriptures

"The angel replied to the women, 'Don't be afraid, I know you are looking for the crucified Jesus. He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see where the Lord lays. Go and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead, and is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. Behold, I have told you. " (Matthew 28:5-7)

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in conclusion

Via Dolorosa is one of the most popular routes in the Old City of Jerusalem. Whether you're a Christian or not, I think it's a fun experience to walk down this path. Hope this guide helps you find what works for you.

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What is the path of suffering Jerusalem? ›

Via Dolorosa (Latin for “Sorrowful Way” or “Way of Suffering”) is a route through the Old City of Jerusalem that is believed to be the path Jesus walked to his crucifixion.

How long does it take to walk the Via Dolorosa? ›

In general, we would recommend reserving about forty to sixty minutes for the route itself (for the nine stations) and at least an additional hour for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where you'll find another five stations. Totally, there's fourteen stations on Via Dolorosa.

What is the path of Jesus suffering? ›

The Via Dolorosa (Latin, 'Sorrowful Way', often translated 'Way of Suffering'; Arabic: طريق الآلام; Hebrew: ויה דולורוזה) is a processional route in the Old City of Jerusalem. It represents the path that Jesus would have taken, forced by the Roman soldiers, on the way to his crucifixion.

How long does it take to walk the Stations of the Cross? ›

On Hallow, you can pray with the Stations of the Cross in a condensed “daily” format (up to 20 minutes), or you can pray the longer Stations Challenge, which guides you in Lectio Divina for each station (10 – 20 minutes each).

What is the famous ladder in Jerusalem? ›

The so-called immovable ladder under the window of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, made of Lebanon cedar wood, was in place by 1728 and has remained there ever since the 1757 status quo was established, aside from being temporarily moved twice.

Where is the healing place in Jerusalem? ›

The Pool of Bethesda is one of two sites in the city of Jerusalem where Jesus performed miracles. Interestingly enough, both of these sites took place next to a pool—a reminder that Jesus is indeed the “living water” of healing.

How far is the Camino walk per day? ›

How far do you walk on the Camino each day? In general, pilgrims on the Camino walk an average of 20 to 25kms, roughly 12 to 15 miles per day.

Where does the Via Dolorosa start and end? ›

Via Dolorosa is a numbered trail that winds through the Old City, marking locations of significant moments during Jesus' journey bearing the cross he was crucified on. It begins in the Muslim Quarter and ends in the Christian Quarter, and pilgrims frequently kneel in prayer at different stations.

How accurate is the Via Dolorosa? ›

Reverend Hector Patmore, a scholar on the life of Jesus at St. George's College in Jerusalem, says the Via Dolorosa is unlikely to be the right route. “From a historical point of view this is almost certainly not the route that Jesus took in his final days, in his final hours,” Patmore said.

What are the 5 steps of suffering? ›

The five stages – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – are often talked about as if they happen in order, moving from one stage to the other.

What are the two ways Jesus suffered? ›

before the nails and the spear, Jesus was whipped and beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The crown of thorns (two to three inch thorns) cut deeply into His scalp.

How to follow the path of Jesus? ›

1) Identify yourself with Christ- To know where we are going we have to know who we are.
  1. 2) Submit your whole self to God and trust Him a) James 4:7-8 Submit yourselves, then, to God. ...
  2. 3) Pray and spend time with God. ...
  3. 4) Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it to you then listen and obey.
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How many Stations of the Cross did Jesus suffer? ›

As you walk from one station to the next, your walking becomes a devotional act, because you are walking with Jesus as He walks to Calvary. On the pages that follow you will find the 14 Stations of the Cross with pictures, the story associated with each station, prayers and meditations.

Can the Stations of the Cross be done at home? ›

If you can't attend a Stations of the Cross service at your church, you can always pray them on your own. You can visit a church or even reflect from your own home. It's common to pray the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday or another day during Holy Week.

How far off the ground was Jesus on the Cross? ›

The crossbeam was then raised high against the upright shaft and made fast to it about 9 to 12 feet (approximately 3 metres) from the ground.

What is the holiest site in Jerusalem? ›

The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism. According to Jewish tradition and scripture, the First Temple was built by King Solomon, the son of King David, in 957 BCE, and was destroyed by the Neo-Babylonian Empire, together with Jerusalem, in 587 BCE.

What is the most important gate in Jerusalem? ›

In Jewish tradition, the Messiah will enter Jerusalem through this gate, coming from the Mount of Olives. Christians and Muslims generally believe that this was the gate through which Jesus entered Jerusalem.
Golden Gate (Jerusalem)
Golden Gate
Coordinates31°46′44″N 35°14′13″E
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What is the most holy place in Israel? ›

What are the holiest places in Israel? The Temple Mount (with Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa mosque), the Western Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem are considered as the holiest places in Israel and some of the holiest places in the World.

Where did Jesus cry over Jerusalem? ›

After Jesus goes down the road of the Mt. of Olives, He then began to descend into the Valley of Kidron where He had a panoramic view of the entire city. As He looked down on the city, He burst into tears. This cry wasn't a normal cry that we think about.

Which Camino is the most beautiful? ›

Camino del Norte is considered the most beautiful Camino de Santiago route. It is a moderately challenging hiking trail (more difficult than Camino Frances for instance). Camino del Norte is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Is the Camino walk hard? ›

How hard is it to walk the Camino? The Camino de Santiago is a challenging route, especially for first-timers who have never done a multi-day walk/trek before. It's physically demanding to walk on average 20-25 km daily even if you walk one of the shorter routes or do only the last 100 km to Santiago de Compostela.

Does it cost money to walk the Camino? ›

Total Trip Costs

Most pilgrim budgets fall in the $30-60 (€25-50) per day range, meaning a 30-day walk would cost $900-1800 (€750-1500). If you don't already have hiking gear, new gear could easily cost $300-600 (€250-500) if you need to get new footwear, backpack and sleeping bag.

What is the Via Dolorosa prayer? ›

Jesus, today I accompany you on your Via Dolorosa — your way of sorrow. You walked this way of sorrow for me. Out of boundless love for all humankind you suffered and died. Lord, forgive me.

What is the prayer to dolorosa? ›

May His wounds both wound and heal me, He enkindle, cleanse, anneal me, Be His Cross my hope and stay. May He, when the mountains quiver, From that flame which burns forever, Shield me on the judgment day. Jesus, may Thy Cross defend me, And Thy Mother's prayer befriend me, Let me die in Thy embrace.

How many miles did Jesus walk? ›

According to The New Testament, the principal locations for the ministry undertaken by Jesus were Galilee and Judea, with activities also taking place in surrounding areas such as Peres and Samaria. Christian texts refer to Jesus walking 3,125 miles during his ministry.

Has the True Cross of Jesus been found? ›

In the year 629 A.D., the Cross was recovered and brought back to Jerusalem by Emperor Heraclius of Constantinople. The relic of the True Cross was then restored to its place in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

How long would it take to walk the Stations of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa? ›

The Significance of Via Dolorosa in Christianity

The route was lined with a hostile crowd, hurling insults at Him wearing a crown of thorns and carrying the cross. It is about 0.5mi/0.80km so it could have taken anywhere from 1hr to 3hrs for Christ to walk, stopping several times along the way.

Has anyone ever found the cross of Jesus? ›

Helena — the mother of Emperor Constantine — found the cross in Jerusalem and distributed pieces of the wood to church leaders in Jerusalem, Rome and Constantinople (present-day Istanbul in Turkey). Later in the 4th century, St.

What are the 4 types of suffering? ›

Qualifiers, such as physical, mental, emotional, and psychological, are often used to refer to certain types of pain or suffering.

What are the 3 severe forms of human suffering? ›

Based on his own vast researches the author characterizes three kinds of man's suffering: physical (pain, somatic diseases), psychical (hardships, mental disorders and illnesses) and spiritual (lack of a meaningful life, moral dilemmas).

What was Jesus second name? ›

Isa, Joshua, Yeshua, Yashu.

What are the two most important things to Jesus? ›

He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

Where in the Bible does it say we are called to suffer? ›

“If when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:20b–21).

How do I know if I'm following God's path? ›

A way to know that you are following God's plan for your life is by being in prayer. Take time each day to devote yourself to the Lord and the plans He has for your life. If you are giving each area of your life to God, then He will bless it and be able to work through it abundantly.

How do I ask God to direct my path? ›

Thus, Lord, I ask that you lead me today and give me guidance, direction, clarity, and wisdom into your truth. God, order my steps by your Holy Spirit, let your word guide my choices, and let me not go ahead of you. I humbly ask for your guidance and direction today as I go through life.

How can God direct my path? ›

Ways In Which We Can Let God Guide Our Lives
  1. Not listening to the negative thoughts in your own head.
  2. Living with faith instead of fear.
  3. Trusting that everything happens for a reason.
  4. Trusting that God has a specific path for us.
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What are the 7 last words of Jesus? ›

The seven sayings
  • Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
  • To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
  • Woman, behold, thy son! Behold, thy mother!
  • My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
  • I thirst.
  • It is finished.
  • Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.

What is the 7 stations prayer? ›

Seventh Station:

PRAYER: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. It was for our iniquities that he was wounded, for our sins he was bruised. Unless the grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains alone.

Why do people walk the Stations of the Cross? ›

The objective of the stations is to help the Christian faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion of Christ.

How often should you pray the Stations of the Cross? ›

You're not limited to praying the Stations of the Cross during Lent, though. You can pray it whenever you want to reconnect with Jesus, wherever you are. Whether on foot or from a favorite chair, you can practice this devotion to walk with Jesus through his suffering and death.

What do you pray during Stations of the Cross? ›

Meditation: After suffering for three hours on the Cross, Jesus gave up His life to the Father and died. Prayer: Jesus, through my sins, I deserve to be punished, but your death is my hope. Through the merits of your death, give me the grace that when I die, I will die as you want me to.

Do Protestants practice the Stations of the Cross? ›

For centuries, Episcopal (Anglican) churches have also observed these Catholic stations of the cross, and more recently Lutherans, Presbyterians, and other Protestant churches do. Evangelicals have begun incorporating variations of these stations into their worship services, too.

What does INRI on the cross mean? ›

<div class="section1"><div class="Normal">INRI stems from the Latin phrase ''Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum'' meaning ''Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews''. This was the notice Pontius Pilate nailed over Jesus as he lay dying on the cross.

What was the last word of Jesus? ›

Luke 23:45b-46: And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!" And having said this he breathed his last.

What wood was Christ's cross made from? ›

Eastern Christianity

According to the sacred tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church the True Cross was made from three different types of wood: cedar, pine and cypress.

What does the 12 Gates of Jerusalem represent? ›

In the Book of Revelations (Revelation 21:12), there is reference to the twelve gates, each of which represents a different passageway to heaven. Additionally, in folklore and mythology, it is commonly believed that there exists twelve gates, or entrances, to the underworld.

What is the Church ladder that can't be moved? ›

The immovable ladder of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a religious symbol of a sort, a kind of miracle possible only through human folly. It is also one of the most powerful and iconic symbols of the divisions and religious disputes within Christian World.

What is the plague in Jerusalem from the Bible? ›

This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. On that day men will be stricken by the LORD with great panic.

What does the Jerusalem 5 cross mean? ›

Some historians argue that the five crosses are indicative of the five wounds of Christ from His crucifixion. With this, the four smaller emblems represent the four wounds of His hands and feet, and the large cross signifying His pierced heart.

Which gate of Jerusalem did Jesus enter? ›

Coming down from the Mount of Olives, Jesus must have entered the city through its eastern gate, the Golden Gate.

Who will not enter the gates of heaven? ›

Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, [10] Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Who is the angel who guards the gates of heaven? ›

The gates of heaven are said to be guarded by Saint Peter, one of the founders of the Christian Church.

What church is losing the most members? ›

The Presbyterian Church has had the sharpest decline in church membership: between 2000 and 2015 it lost over 40% of its congregation and 15.4% of its churches. Infant baptisms have also decreased; nationwide, Catholic baptisms are down by nearly 34%, and ELCA baptisms by over 40%.

What are the four fold of the church? ›

The Four-Fold Gospel

In the book he set out the four pillars of his unique gospel: Christ the Saviour, Sanctifier, Healer and Coming Lord.

What is the oldest church building still standing? ›

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia the Cenacle (the site of the Last Supper) in Jerusalem was the "first Christian church." The Dura-Europos church in Syria is the oldest surviving church building in the world, while the archaeological remains of both the Aqaba Church and the Megiddo church have been considered to ...

What is the first word in the Bible? ›

Gen. 1. [1] In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. [2] And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.

How many brothers did Jesus have? ›

Mark 6:3. names James, Joses, Judas (conventionally known in English as Jude) and Simon as the brothers of Jesus, and Matthew 13:55, which probably used Mark as its source, gives the same names in different order, James, Joseph, Simon and Judas.

Is the true cross still in Jerusalem? ›

In the year 629 A.D., the Cross was recovered and brought back to Jerusalem by Emperor Heraclius of Constantinople. The relic of the True Cross was then restored to its place in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

What is the cross with 4 dots? ›

There are variants to the design, also known as "Jerusalem cross", with either the four crosslets also in the form of Crosses potent, or conversely with the central cross, also in the form of a plain Greek cross. It is not to be confused with the Lorraine cross, which has also been called the "Jerusalem cross".

What does the 3 letters on the cross mean? ›

<div class="section1"><div class="Normal">INRI stems from the Latin phrase ''Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum'' meaning ''Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews''. This was the notice Pontius Pilate nailed over Jesus as he lay dying on the cross.


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