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Each of a set series of images or pictures representing successive incidents of Jesus's Passion from his condemnation to his burial, placed around the walls of a church or occasionally in the open air (especially along the route to a place of pilgrimage). Also: each of a set of prayers, meditations, etc., performed at each station in turn, especially as a devotion during Lent. Usually in plural Compare "station""Way of the Cross".
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Browne (1644–1708), physician and traveller. From station + of + the + cross.
Station of the Cross/ˌsteɪʃn əv ðə ˈkrɒs/
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