Friday, April 2, 2021

The Cross


This montage from our Podcast Vault revisits a post from March 29, 2013. It can be found in our archives at


On this our tenth anniversary year, I think it should be pointed out that we’ve had a good number of posts dedicated to the Lenten Season and to the three-day period starting on Good Friday and ending with Easter Sunday Many of these posts were programmed over the past few days and weeks. Today’s post dedicated to the Way of the Cross was first shared eight years ago, and has remained in the Podcast Vault ever since.

The Stations or the Way of the Cross refers to a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion and accompanying prayers. The stations grew out of imitations of Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem which is believed to be the actual path Jesus walked to Mount Calvary. It has become one of the most popular devotions and the stations can be found in many Western Christian churches, including Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, and Roman Catholic.

Of note, in the classical repertoire, Franz Liszt wrote a Via Crucis for choir, soloists and keyboard (piano,  organ or harmonium) in 1879. In 1931, French organist Marcel Dupré improvised and transcribed musical meditations based on fourteen poems by Paul Claudel, one for each station. The latter is offered as a complete performance today.

Between stations 11 and 12 on the montage, I inserted a few of Haydn’s quartets inspired by the seven last words of Christ on the Cross. This set was the subject of a separate Tuesday Blog from 2018 featuring a complete version performed on period instruments. The version in the montage today is by the Emerson String Quartet, and we were fortunate to find the complete work on YouTube. It is presented here as filler.

I think you will (still) love this music too.

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