The Way of the Cross is a way of prayer. Believers do it in a spirit of penance and reparation for the forgiveness of sins. This devotion is particularly important in Lourdes.
For the past 2000 years Christians have set out to follow the path of Jesus to the place of his crucifixion. As every one cannot go to Jerusalem, it has been common since the Middle Ages to depict the stations of the Cross in churches, in chapels and even in the open air as here in Lourdes.
The Upper Way of the Cross
The Upper Way of the Cross of the Espélugues winds its way around a steep and forested site. In its size it reflects the magnitude of the Sanctuary of Lourdes: 115 figures in patinated cast iron depict the fifteen stations on a path 1,500 meters in length.
The Way of the Cross on the Prairie
In 2001, Mgr Jacques Perrier, Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes, requested the creation of a new Way of the Cross accessible to pilgrims with reduced mobility. This Way of the Cross is the work of the artist Maria de Faykod. Each Station was financed by generous benefactors.