The Stations of the Resurrection
Via Lucis: The Way of Light

compiled by by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.


For many centuries, Catholics and some Christians of various other denominations have prayed the Via Crucis or "Way of the Cross," especially during Lent, traditionally with fourteen stations. A more recent tradition is to pray a Via Lucis or "Way of Light," especially during the Easter Season. It also has fourteen stations, which commemorate the resurrection of Jesus, the appearances of the Risen Lord, and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (which ends the 50-day liturgical season of Easter). In contrast to the traditional "Stations of the Cross," only nine of which are directly biblical, all of the "Stations of the Resurrection" are scripturally based. For more on the historical development of these stations, see the article on Wikipedia.

The 14 Stations of the Resurrection:

Station Description Biblical References

Jesus Is Raised from the Dead

1 Cor 15:3-4; John 20:1-10


Women Find the Tomb of Jesus Empty

Mark 16:1-8; Matthew 28:1-8; Luke 24:1-12


The Risen Lord Appears to Mary Magdalene

John 20:1, 11-18; cf. Matt 28:9-10; Mark 16:9-11


Jesus Appears on the Road to Emmaus

Luke 24:13-27; cf. Mark 16:12-13


Jesus Is Known in the Breaking of Bread

Luke 24:28-35


Jesus Appears to His Disciples in Jerusalem

Luke 24:36-43


Jesus Gives the Disciples Authority to Forgive Sins

John 20:19-23


Jesus Strengthens the Faith of Thomas

John 20:24-29


Jesus Appears by the Sea of Tiberias

John 21:1-14


Jesus Tells Peter to Feed His Sheep

John 21:15-19


Jesus Commissions His Disciples on a Mountain

Matthew 28:16-20; cf. Mark 16:15-16


Jesus Ascends into Heaven

Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:6-11


Mary and the Disciples Wait in Prayer

Acts 1:3-5, 12-14


The Holy Spirit Descends at Pentecost

Acts 2:1-13


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