Way of Sorrows
For the Roman Catholics, here’s a place you could visit over the Easter holiday. Make it a spiritual pilgrimage if you must.
For those of you who are not quite yet there and pious, treat this as an educational field trip to enrich yourself with knowledge about other religious faiths and about the world around you. Knowledge & understanding are what make the world go round. Strange? I seem to have heard that saying somewhere before. But where?
Pardon the borrowed phrase.
Here out in the open fields of the Sacred Heart Cathedral is a depiction of the final hours of Christ. Somehow I believe you may have heard of it before. If not, try and think back hard to the movie ‘The Passion of the Christ’ directed by none other than the drunken Mad Max Aussie ‘Mel Gibson’. There you go then, not so forgettable, is it?
Well, the depiction is usually referred to as ‘Stations of the Cross’. In this case, the depiction is in the form of sculptures and consists of 14 stations in the traditional form. Each station depicts the following scenes
1. Jesus is condemned to death
2. Jesus is given his cross
3. Jesus falls the first time
4. Jesus meets His Mother
5. Simon of Cyrene carries the cross
6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
7. Jesus falls the second time
8. Jesus meets the daughters of Jerusalem
9. Jesus falls the third time
10. Jesus is stripped of His garments
11. Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross
12. Jesus dies on the cross
13. Jesus’ body is removed from the cross (Deposition or Lamentation)
14. Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered in incense.
++ as described in Wikipedia, and at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
The whole circumstances of events are also otherwise known as ‘the Passion of Christ (Jesus)’. The word, Passion, is derived from the Latin word ‘Passio’ and is referring to Christ’s mortal suffering in the Vulgate. Wow, clever clogs! Aren’t I? Well, when you have Wikipedia as your walking encyclopaedia, anything is possible.
The following picture depicts the first scene (Act 1?) of the Passion events. It has been heavily rehashed and does not look anything like the original in the Sacred Heart. The reasons for doing so are twofold:
1. Dramatising the actual scene as I would envision it in my head.
2. So that you would need to visit the place to get a glimpse of the actual authentic settings.
Nothing is free in this world. Lesson no. 1.
++The person, Pontius Pilate, actually existed and was the fifth Prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, from 26–36 AD. That is, according to this little known fact here.
Sacred Heart Cathedral is situated off Jalan Tengku Abdul Rahman on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Please observe the rules and regulation of the place as you would in any place of worship. And no crackings of joke! (that’s from me)
Next: the scenes of Crucifixion of Christ as told in the Gospel Passion narratives.