The Via Dolorosa is the path that Jesus took, carrying the cross to his crucifixion. Commonly called the “Way of the Cross” (Catholics call it the “Stations of the Cross”), Via Dolorosa literally translated means the “Way of Suffering”.
The route is marked in the Old City of Jerusalem. Oddly enough, the first station is in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, marking the spot where Pontius Pilate sentenced Jesus to death. The second station is nearby, where Jesus was mocked, whipped and given his cross. The 14th and final station ends at the sight of his crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
The steep stepped streets of Old Jerusalem are shown in the picture above. This side street was vacant, but the main streets along the Via Dolorosa are teeming with merchants, make-shift display tables and crowds, making it difficult to carry a loaf of bread, let alone a heavy wooden cross.
Thought for the Day: Every man shall bear his own burden. Galations 6:5