THE SHERINGHAM STATIONS OF THE CROSS
– Father Denys Lloyd
Most Catholic churches have Stations of the Cross in the form of paintings or sculptures placed at intervals inside the church. The idea developed from pilgrimages to Jerusalem and the Holy Land in the medieval period. The Stations usually depict fourteen scenes on Jesus’ journey to Calvary culminating in his death on the cross. At Sheringham a fifteenth station, the risen Christ, appears on the reredos. Giles Gilbert Scott’s sketches for the Stations and the frames can be seen in a collection of his designs for St Joseph’s in the British Architectural Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The Stations were ordered from the workshops of Ferdinand Stuflesser I at Ortisei, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and completed in 1914. They were loaded into the hold of a freighter bound for England. When they failed to arrive the parish priest, Fr Carter, asked a number of people to investigate their whereabouts but to no avail. He was greatly surprised when the shipment arrived after the end of the 1914-18 War. The German freighter carrying them had been interned in the port of Genoa for the duration.
The Stations were spaced around the walls of the church with plaques naming the donors. They were re-positioned when the church was extended in 1934.
During Lent Stations of the Cross services follow Jesus’ journey. These webpages should enable the devotions to be made anytime and anywhere using photographs of the beautiful Stations at St Joseph’s to assist mediation. The booklet which forms the basis for these pages is available for sale.
Booklet dedicated to Abbot Aelred Sillem, Abbot of Quarr Abbey
on the Isle of Wight
from 1964 until 1991
‘AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER?’
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Way of the Cross of Jesus is the royal way of the Church. Following closely in the footsteps of the Master, we make our pilgrimage of faith, to reach the glory of the resurrection.
Holy and merciful Father, grant that we may follow the Way of the Cross in faith and love, so that we may share in Christ’s Passion and, together with him, attain the peace and joy of your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Prayers to be said before each Station
V. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
R. Because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
Prayers to be said after each Station
I love you, Jesus my love, above all things;
I repent with my whole heart for having offended you.
Never permit me to separate myself from you again.
Grant that I may love you always,
Then do with me what you will.