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To: topcat54
It could be a very small wooden cross. For example, here in Lafayette, Louisiana, the stations of the cross at the Cathedral of Saint John have a small wooden cross at the top.

Here are the conditions from the Pieta Book about this (this is from the Green Book, page 51, which is a large print edition:

1. This devout exercise must be performed before stations of the cross that have been lawfully erected.

2. Fourteen crosses are required in order to erect the Stations of the Cross. As an aid to devotion, these crosses are customarily attached to fourteen tableaux or images representing the Jersalem stations.

From the webpage http://www.shrinesf.org/stations.htm

A plenary indulgence is granted for the Exercise of the Way of the Cross, provided that certain conditions are met: the stations must have been legitimately erected; fourteen crosses of real wood are required (pictures are optional); and movement must be made from one station to the next. Finally, although specific prayers and readings may be used, they are optional; all that is required is “a pious meditation on the Passion and Death of the Lord, which need not be a particular consideration of the individual mysteries of the stations” (Enchiridion of Indulgences).

3 posted on 02/01/2008 9:02:49 AM PST by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: topher
From the webpage:

http://www.shrinesf.org/stations.htm

The Stations of the Cross
(Via Crucis)

The Way of the Cross (Via Crucis), as a devotion, may be traced to Christ’s journey along the Via Dolorosa itself at Jerusalem as our Lord walked—and stumbled in pain—to his crucifixion on Mount Calvary. From the earliest years of the Church, pious pilgrims marked out that route to revisit for themselves the scenes of Christ’s passion. The concept of Stations, however, as halting-places along the route, with specific prayers and meditations for each incident, did not develop until the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, especially as a result of reproductions of the holy places being set up in various parts of Europe, for the benefit of those who could not travel to Jerusalem to practice this devotion.

Originally, indulgences were given for making the long and dangerous journey to Jerusalem and devoutly visiting the actual scenes of Christ’s Passion. But in the seventeenth century a new practice developed. In 1686 the Franciscans received from Innocent XI the right to erect Stations in their churches; thus they, and all others affiliated to their order, could gain the same indulgences for making the Way of the Cross in their own churches as if they had made the journey to Jerusalem.

In 1726 Benedict XIII extended the right to gain indulgences in these Franciscan churches to all the faithful. And in 1731 Clement XII permitted indulgenced Stations to all churches—provided they were erected by a Franciscan priest. In 1862 this last restriction was removed, to accommodate those places where no Franciscans were available.

And so today the faithful are able, in their own churches, to make a pilgrimage in spirit to the central scenes of Christ’s sufferings and death.

A plenary indulgence is granted for the Exercise of the Way of the Cross, provided that certain conditions are met: the stations must have been legitimately erected; fourteen crosses of real wood are required (pictures are optional); and movement must be made from one station to the next. Finally, although specific prayers and readings may be used, they are optional; all that is required is “a pious meditation on the Passion and Death of the Lord, which need not be a particular consideration of the individual mysteries of the stations” (Enchiridion of Indulgences).

We therefore present these images of the Stations in Saint Francis of Assisi Church for the benefit of personal contemplation. To gain an indulgence, one would have to visit the church itself.

4 posted on 02/01/2008 9:06:28 AM PST by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: topher
Some other FR threads:

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A Brief Catechism for Adults - Lesson 26: Indulgences

[What Every Catholic Needs to Know about] Gaining Indulgences [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

Vatican says Catholics can get indulgence for sick-day activities (Devotional Announcement)

Catholic Answers: Location and Procession of Choir (and more on indulgences)

Portiuncula Indulgence can be obtained this Sunday

He who holds the keys to the kingdom - the Catholic practice of granting indulgences

Indulgences: Spreading the Wealth

Plenary Indulgence Attainable on Dec. 8

Pope authorizes plenary indulgences marking Vatican II anniversary

POPE GRANTS PLENARY INDULGENCE FOR YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST

New Plenary Indulgence to Mark Year of the Eucharist

8 posted on 02/01/2008 9:27:03 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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