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Way of the Cross

For 2000 years Christians have followed the path Jesus took towards Calvary. Because everyone could not go to the Holy City, the practice arose, in the Middle Ages, of representing these 15 stations in Churches and Chapels as well as in the open air like here at Lourdes. This devotion is carried out in a spirit of penance and reparation for forgiveness for sins. This devotion has a special place in Lourdes.

The Way of the Cross of the Espelugues (on the hillside)

Pèlerins méditant la passion du Christ, au chemin de croix des Espélugues, à Lourdes

The Way of the Cross on the hillside weaves along a steep wooded area. It is to the image of the scale of the Sanctuary of Lourdes: 115 figures are represented in cast iron brightly painted in 15 stations along the 1,500 metre path.

 

The Way of the Cross for the sick and disabled pilgrims

Pèlerins méditant la passion du Christ, au chemin de croix des malades, à Lourdes

In 2001, Bishop Jacques Perrier, Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes, decided to create a new Way of the Cross which was accessible for those of reduced mobility.  Through contact with a Belgian pilgrimage organiser, Bishop Perrier was able to meet the artist Maria de Faykod, whom he commissioned to produce this new Way of the Cross for the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes over a number of years.  The costs of all the Stations have been met through the generosity of donors. 

 

The Way of the Cross of the basilica St-Pius X

Gemmail de Lourdes représentant le crucifiement de Jésus

It is made of non-leaded stained glass, and it is situated inside the underground basilica. Disable pilgrims can go there.