St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church

The 14 Stations of the Cross, depicting Christ’s journey on the day of his Crucifixion, are frequently hung along the interior of Catholic churches. Moving from station to station, parishioners recite prayers associated with each scene and reflect on its content and meaning. Medellín produced Stations of the Cross for various churches in the Dallas area, including two versions constructed of clay panels, and two in mosaic, such as this one. Although their compositions seem straightforward at first glance, the panels are designed to heighten the drama of each scene. Some emphasize Christ’s physical burden as he struggles to carry the weight of the cross, while others press on the poignancy of specific moments, such as his encounter with the Virgin Mary.