Stations of the Cross Returns for Easter 2021

31 March 2021

The annual Stations of the Cross procession in Fremantle’s West End was back this year, after the 2020 event had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The event, which is led by seminarians from the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Morley, is a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on earth as a man. Across the world, Stations of the Cross processions take place on Good Friday, traditionally incorporating art or icons of some kind to depict the different Stations dispersed throughout a communal and reflective walk.

On the Fremantle Campus, the Stations of the Cross are marked with 14 bronze sculptures created by Australian contemporary artist Peter Schipperheyn and donated by the late Diane Wansbrough, a former Governor of the University.

The erection and use of the Stations was not common until just before the end of the seventeenth century, but they are now found in most churches across the world. Whilst their number varied considerably in different places, fourteen are now prescribed by authority. They are as follows:

  1. Christ condemned to death;
  2. the cross is laid upon him;
  3. His first fall;
  4. He meets His Blessed Mother;
  5. Simon of Cyrene is made to bear the cross;
  6. Christ's face is wiped by Veronica;
  7. His second fall;
  8. He meets the women of Jerusalem ;
  9. His third fall;
  10. He is stripped of His garments;
  11. His crucifixion;
  12. His death on the cross;
  13. His body is taken down from the cross; and
  14. laid in the tomb.

The Fremantle Stations of the Cross has a long history in Fremantle as a coming together of the community during a special time of the year. In 2020, when officially cancelled due to restrictions on gatherings, many members of the community expressed their disappointment at the lack of the yearly ceremony.

This year the procession wbegan at 10am at the Holy Spirit Chapel on the Fremantle Campus in historic West End. All were welcome to come along and join the congregation to remember and reflect on Jesus’ last moments before his death on the cross and burial. See below for a selection of images taken by Roel Loopers on the day.


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