Easter Stations of the Cross
In the tradition of Great Art adorning churches throughout the ages,
Berowra Uniting Church has commissioned 12 of its own artists
to creatively translate the biblical story of Easter.
May this creative translation of the Easter story aid your Easter journey.
1 . Jesus meets Pilate. Matthew 27:15-26 Jesus meets Pilate.
Eastern Australian Hardwood by Denzil Robertson
Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.” Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” All of them said, “Let him be crucified!” Then he asked, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!” So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” Then the people as a whole answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.
2. Jesus is stripped. Matthew 27: 27 – 29.
Tasmanian Hardwood, Merbau, Wire, Felt by Bernie Kestel
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head.
3. Jesus is mocked by soldiers. Mark 15: 18 – 20
Acrylic on Canvas by the Berowra Uniting Church Sunday School
They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
4. Simon helps Jesus. Matthew 27: 32
Textile by Elaine Longmuir
As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross
5. Jesus comforts some women. Luke 23: 27 – 31
pigment ink on paper by Stephen Cole
A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are surely coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed. Then they will begin to say to the mountains, `Fall on us’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us. ‘For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
6. Jesus is crucified. Luke 23: 31 – 38
textile by Jan Fleming and Maureen Cole
Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”
7. Are you the Messiah? Luke 23: 39-43
Dye Ink on Resin Coated Paper Richard Fleming
One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
8. Jesus cares for his mother. John 19: 25b – 27
Acrylic on Canvas Berowra Uniting Church
Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
9. I am thirsty. Matthew 27: 45 – 47, John 19: 28 – 29
Glass tiles on wood by Ingrid Robertson
From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.”
After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth.
10. Jesus dies. John 19: 30
Acrylic on Board Robert Henderson
11. Jesus is buried. Matthew 27: 57 – 61
Pigment Ink on Resin Coated Paper Stephen Cole
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
12. Jesus is raised from the dead. Matthew 28: 1-10
textile by Jan Fleming and Maureen Cole
After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, `He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
The Artists who envisaged and created the Stations of the Cross:
1. Denzil Robertson
2. Bernie Kestel
3. Berowra Uniting Church Sunday School
4. Elaine Longmuir
5. Steve Cole
6. Jan Fleming and Maureen Cole
7. Richard Fleming
8. Berowra Uniting Church Sunday School
9. Ingrid Robertson
10. Robert Henderson
11. Steve Cole
12. Jan Fleming.