According to Tradition, the Stations of the Cross derived from the
life of the Blessed Virgin Mary who, year after year on Good Friday,
would walk the route through Jerusalem that Jesus walked on the way to
Golgotha, pausing to remember what happened at each station. Early
Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land began walking this route and a
desire to reproduce these holy places eventually led to the devotion of
the Stations of the Cross in the 14th century. It is a well known
devotion which is often conducted during Lent, but which can be prayed
during any time of the year.
This chaplet is a wonderful way to take the Stations with you
wherever you go. A medal representing each of the fourteen stations
functions as the Our Father bead, while three beads in between each
medal function as Hail Mary beads. The chaplet should be said in
conjunction with a regular program for the stations of the Cross, which
can be found online written by various authors.
On the Stations of the Cross Chaplet pictured above, a Heart of Jesus centerpiece and a Flared Crucifix were used.