Message from the chaplain - 15 March 2019

The Second Station: Jesus takes up his cross


Jesus bends forward under the weight of the
cross, which represents our sins. The red bird of
the first Station has now become a living white
bird representing our redemption and the
crown of thorns bears a resemblance to the
Star of David. The two figures at the bottom
represent a suffering world and the coloured
lines between these figures and Jesus indicate
the turmoil of humanity.

Joseph Capelle





The juxtaposition of suffering and hope are stark in this depiction of the Second Station. Christ accepts his cross, knowing that he must suffer for a world that suffers. Yet, at the centre of the painting is the image of hope and of the presence of the Holy Spirit: the dove, almost translucent yet very present.

What aspect of our world comes to mind when we observe this depiction of suffering and turmoil? It is onto our world that we are reminded to see the image of Christ and of hope crucified superimposed, as we lift our world to God in prayer, and consider the implications of Christ’s words to us:

“If any want to become my followers, let them
deny themselves and take up their cross and
follow me. For those who want to save their
life will lose it, and those who lose their life
for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel,
will save it. For what will it profit them to gain
the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed,
what can they give in return for their life?”
Mark 8:34-37

Revd Claudia Coustas