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The Stations of the Resurrection, also known by the Latin name Via Lucis (Way of Light), are a form of Christian devotion, encouraging meditation upon the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and some of the Resurrection appearances and other episodes recorded in the New Testament. The term may also be used as a name for a series of pictures or sculptures representing the various episodes.

The Stations of the Resurrection complement the Stations of the Cross or Via Crucis (the term Via Lucis is intentionally reminiscent of this), a traditional Catholic devotion commemorating the Passion of Jesus. Unlike the traditional form of the Stations of the Cross—though in common with the revised form of that devotion introduced by Pope John Paul II on Good Friday 1991—all the Stations of the Resurrection are based on scripturally-recorded incidents contained in the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles.

As with the Stations of the Cross, the devotion takes no fixed form, but typically includes for each Station a reading from Scripture, a short meditation, and a prayer. Where a series of pictures is used to aid the devotion, it takes the form of a procession, with movement from one Station to the next sometimes being accompanied by the singing of one or more verses of a hymn.


  1. The Resurrection
  2. The Empty tomb
  3. Mary Magdalene meets the Risen Jesus
  4. Jesus at the Road to Emmaus
  5. Jesus is known by breaking the bread
  6. Jesus appears to his disciples at Jerusalem
  7. Jesus gives the Disciples the power to Absolve sins and Peace
  8. Jesus Strengths Thomas' Faith
  9. the Appearance at the Sea of Tiberias
  10. Jesus forgives Peter and Commands him to be the Leader of the Church
  11. The Great Commission at Mount of Olives
  12. The Ascension of Jesus
  13. Mary and Disciples waiting
  14. The Pentecost