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stations of the cross

noun, Ecclesiastical
1.
a series of 14 representations of successive incidents from the Passion of Christ, each with a wooden cross, or a series of wooden crosses alone, set up in a church, or sometimes outdoors, and visited in sequence, for prayer and meditation.
Also, Stations of the Cross.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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Stations of the Cross

plural noun (RC Church)
1.
a series of 14 crosses, often accompanied by 14 pictures or carvings, arranged in order around the walls of a church, to commemorate 14 supposed stages in Christ's journey to Calvary
2.
a devotion consisting of 14 prayers relating to each of these stages
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