stations of the cross

noun phrase

often capitalized S&C
: a series of usually 14 images or pictures especially in a church that represent the stages of Christ's passion and death
: a devotion involving commemorative meditation before the stations of the cross

Examples of stations of the cross in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stations of the cross was in 1677

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“Stations of the cross.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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