What's going on in most Catholic Churches every Friday night during their season of Lent?
(Also called Stations of the Cross, Via Crucis, and Via Dolorosa). These names are used to signify either a series of pictures or tableaux representing certain scenes in the Passion of Christ, each corresponding to a particular incident, or the special form of devotion connected with such representations.
Taken in the former sense, the Stations may be of stone, wood, or metal, sculptured or carved, or they may be merely paintings or engravings. Some Stations are valuable works of art, as those, for instance, in Antwerp cathedral, which have been much copied elsewhere. They are usually ranged at intervals around the walls of a church, though sometimes they are to be found in the open air, especially on roads leading to a church or shrine. In monasteries they are often placed in the cloisters. The erection and use of the Stations did not become at all general before the end of the seventeenth century, but they are now to be found in almost every church. Formerly their number varied considerably in different places but fourteen are now prescribed by authority. They are as follows:
- Christ condemned to death;
- the cross is laid upon him;
- His first fall;
- He meets His Blessed Mother;
- Simon of Cyrene is made to bear the cross;
- Christ's face is wiped by Veronica;
- His second fall;
- He meets the women of Jerusalem;
- His third fall;
- He is stripped of His garments;
- His crucifixion;
- His death on the cross;
- His body is taken down from the cross; and
- laid in the tomb.
It is amazing to watch this demonstration of how complete the Church has crippled God Given Reason. The faithful actually enforce a truth in their mind to the allegory tale of Adam and Eve as actually happening. Reformed Jews are already seeing it as an allegorical story and Orthodox Jewry previously had claimed the door to heaven was closed for four generations before the Hebrew God reopened; simply, thousand of years before Emperor Constantine supervised this new testament book to be added as a continuation of the Hebrew Torah (Bible, old testament) during the 4th Century A D (C E). Archeologist tell us there is nothing outside of the Religious claims for any of this having ever happened.
Now let us weigh into this using our God given Reason. I start off using a question? Why would a Supreme Being able to create the magnificence of this Universe we behold intelligently using Science, Natural Laws and observation?
Why would God dictate a book showing the universal mind is as dim witted as the tribal warlords that it reveals when by the majority of its content they could only be the ones whose ideas are reflected. We must desist from saying the word of god after a reading: With corrected knowledge you will realize the word of god applied to that book is an insult to our Creator. Believing in its false fantasy's leaves one open to all kinds of moral mischief. You witness this among your own leaders, who abuse you and then preach forgiveness will lead you away from the pains of Hell. That alone is an Immoral value. Or, your Religious Politicians who profess good things for you and then blatantly get caught doing the opposite 1% gather all the fruits of your labor while you're trying to raise a family working 70 hours (if you are lucky) a week. Time to stop playing video games on Ipods etc. Education is the key. Study and read all that you come across and live by the Golden Rule to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. And love our Natural Creator for the blessing of this adventure of life given unto each and every one..