Via Dolorosa

Introduction

Veneration of the way of the Cross has deep roots in the Christian culture and tradition. Though one may ask whether this tradition derives from the New Testament. And the answer is no, the first disciples of Jesus did not venerate the places that He passed on the way to Calvary. They had been living in the expectation of the Second Coming and beginning of the Kingdom of God. But still Jerusalem has always had a special place and has been an attraction for Jewish pilgrims since the times of the Temple. And of course it acquired the same status in the hearts of Gentile believers - Christians since earliest times.

(to be continued...)