Vilnius Calvary Way of the Cross.

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7 Kilometers

3 Hours

Vilnius Calvary Way of the Cross was officially dedicated in 1669, as a sign of gratitude to God for the victory against the tsarist Russian army, which had been causing devastation in the Vilnius region for several years. Vilnius Holy Spirit Dominicans were the caretakers of this place, and with the support of noblemen and prominent religious figures, built the Church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross and twenty new chapels here in 1772. Until the 20th century this ensemble remained mostly unchanged, though some damage was caused by the army of Napoleon. Later, the Church suffered extensive damage during the Soviet occupation. One night in 1962, the Soviet authorities blew up most of the Stations of the Cross, but people’s devotion to Christ’s Suffering did not stop. Members of religious orders operating in secrecy and groups of the faithful continued to walk the Calvary Way of the Cross. Reconstruction of Vilnius Calvary Way of the Cross began after Lithuania regained its independence and was completed in 2002. The current Way of the Cross is 7 km in length and is comprised of 35 Stations.

The Church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross is located at both the geographical and ideological center of Vilnius Calvary. The Church, built on a high hill in Calvary, topographically corresponds to the Golgotha Hill. The main altar, also known as the Crucified Jesus altar, is the most important Station of the Cross, dedicated to the remembrance of our Savior’s Death on the Cross. The sculpture of the Crucified Jesus is considered miraculous by the faithful. At the altar located on the right side of the Church, across from the pulpit and the baptismal font, and under the image of Divine Mercy, a relic of the Holy Cross is displayed. Church walls and vaulted ceilings are decorated with impressive 18th century frescoes.

Several noteworthy objects include a painting of Our Lady of Sorrows, which is venerated at the altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as well as the altar of St. Hyacinth, both located in the left nave. Also notable is a 17th century painting of Our Lady of the Rosary – typical for Dominican churches – which is displayed above the image of Divine Mercy.

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The beginning of the way of Our Lord Jesus Christ

I. The Last Supper

Vilnius Calvary Way of the Cross was officially dedicated in 1669, as a sign of gratitude to God for the victory against the tsarist Russian army, which had been causing devastation in the Vilnius region for several years. Vilnius Holy Spirit Dominicans were the caretakers of this place, and with the support of noblemen and prominent religious figures, built the Church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross and twenty new chapels here in 1772. Until the 20th century this ensemble remained mostly unchanged, though some damage was caused by the army of Napoleon. Later, the Church suffered extensive damage during the Soviet occupation. One night in 1962, the Soviet authorities blew up most of the Stations of the Cross, but people’s devotion to Christ’s Suffering did not stop. Members of religious orders operating in secrecy and groups of the faithful continued to walk the Calvary Way of the Cross. Reconstruction of Vilnius Calvary Way of the Cross began after Lithuania regained its independence and was completed in 2002. The current Way of the Cross is 7 km in length and is comprised of 35 Stations.

II. On the Way to the Mount of Olives

III. Gethsemane

IV. Jesus Arrested

V. Crrosing the Kidron Valley

VI. Disciples Flee Jesus before the Gate of the Town

VII. At the First Gate of Zion

VIII. Jesus Taken to Annas

IX. At the High Priest Caiaphas

X. Jesus Imprisoned in the Basement of Caiaphas’ Palace

XI. The Second Time at Caiaphas

XII. At the Second Gate of Zion

XIII. Jesus before Pilate for the for the First Time

XIV. The First Time at the Iron Gate

XV. At Herod’s

XVI. Jesus Ridiculed by Herod for the Second Time at the Iron Gate

XVII. Jesus Taken to Pilate through the Second Town Gate

XVIII. At the Second Town Gate Jesus Found Worthier of Death than the Rebel Barabbas

XIX. Jesus Flogged at the Gate of the Town Hall

XX. At the Fourth Gate of the Old Town

XXI. Jesus Sentenced to be Crucified

XXII. Jesus Takes His Cross

XXIII. Jesus Falls for the First Time

XXIV. Jesus Meets His Mother

XXV. Simon from Cyrene Forced to Help Christ with the Cross

XXVI. Veronica Wipes Christ’s Face with Her Veil

XXVII. Jesus Falls for the Second time

XXVIII. Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

XXIX. Jesus Falls for the Third Time

XXX. Jesus Stripped of His Garments

XXXI. Jesus Nailed to the Cross

XXXII. Jesus Dies on the Cross

XXXIII. Jesus Body is Taken down of the Cross

XXXIV. Jesus Laid in the Sepulcher

XXXV. The Finding of the Holy Cross.