The Double Sorrow on the Via Dolorosa

Christian pilgrims reenacting Jesus’ march to the Cross seem to still blame the Jews for the Messiah’s willing self-sacrifice

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Every year, thousands of pilgrims come to Jerusalem to relive and follow Jesus walk along the Via Dolorosa en route to his crucifixion. The Way of the Cross begins at the east-facing Lions’ Gate and runs for half a kilometer (about a third of a mile) through the narrow winding alleys of the Old City, terminating to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The procession is conducted in accordance with the gospel narratives. There are 14 Stations of the Cross, though five are based on legends and not the biblical text, namely the accounts of Jesus stumbling three times under…

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