Stations of the Tau Cross

The Physical Passion of our Lord on the Tau Cross

The “Stations of the Tau Cross” is an adaption of a written work, “A Physician Analyzes the Crucifixion” by Dr. C. Truman Davis with assistance from the work of his contemporary colleague, Dr. Pierre Barbet, a French surgeon who has done exhaustive historical and experimental research on the subject of Christ’s crucifixion. It also includes excerpts from the “30 Day Prayer to Mary,” Gospel excerpts and entries from Dennis Mallon, OFS, the initiator of this document.
The stations will depict the physical aspects of the passion and suffering of Jesus, just as St. Francis may have visualized when he received the stigmata. The intimate and devoted relationship Francis had with Christ would have undoubtedly left him with the experience of following Christ’s every step during his passion.
These stations follow Christ from the Garden of Gethsemane, through his trial, his scourging, his path along the Via Dolorosa, and end at his last dying hours on the cross.
Doctor Davis reports: In the past we may have taken the crucifixion of our Lord more or less for granted and had grown callous to it’s horror by a too-easy familiarity with the grim details — and a too distant friendship with Him.
Thus, we will see a glimpse of the epitome of evil which man can exhibit toward man — and toward God. This is not a pretty sight and is apt to leave us despondent and depressed. However, we can be grateful that we have a glimpse of the infinite mercy of God toward man — the miracle of the atonement and the expectation of eternal life.
The physiological and anatomical aspects of our Lord’s passion we can examine in some detail . . . what did the body of Jesus of Nazareth actually endure during those hours of torture? Dr. C. Truman Davis

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