"A pious exercise called the Via Lucis has developed and spread to many regions in recent years. Following the model of the Via Crucis, the faithful process while meditating on the various appearances of Jesus – from his Resurrection to his Ascension – in which he showed his glory to the disciples who awaited the coming of the Holy Spirit (cf. John 14, 26; 16, 13-15; Lk 24, 49), strengthened their faith, brought to completion his teaching on the Kingdom and more closely defined the sacramental and hierarchical structure of the Church.
Through the Via Lucis, the faithful recall the central event of the faith – the resurrection of Christ – and their discipleship in virtue of Baptism, the paschal sacrament by which they have passed from the darkness of sin to the bright radiance of the light of grace (cf. Col 1, 13; Eph 5, 8)"
The Stations of the Resurrection help us to move from the experience of suffering, pain and death to the hope, joy and life of the resurrection, which is the promise of our faith.
The Stations are generally arranged into the 14 stations below, but there are variations.
- Jesus is raised from the dead
- The finding of the empty tomb
- Mary Magdalene meets the risen Jesus
- Jesus appears on the road to Emmaus
- Jesus is known in the breaking of bread
- Jesus appears to the disciples in Jerusalem
- Jesus gives the disciples his peace and the power to forgive sins
- Jesus strengthens the faith of Thomas
- Jesus appears by the Sea of Tiberias
- Jesus forgives Peter and commands him to feed his sheep
- Jesus commissions the disciples upon the mountain
- The Ascension of Jesus
- Mary and the disciples wait in prayer
- The Holy Spirit descends at Pentecost