Stations of the Cross

The Church of the Incarnation has been given a magnificent set of wood carvings of the Stations of the Cross, depicting Jesus’ crucifixion. They are presented on the side walls of the church.

The Stations of the Cross displayed in the Church of the Incarnation were carved by Elwin Millerick, a Santa Rosa carver. His boyhood ambition was to recreate the agony of the crucifixion. He searched for a church that could accommodate the series. It took him two and one half years to complete this set.

During the Desert Storm War in 1990, when the church was kept open for prayer, the soldier in the first station disappeared. Mr. Millerick carved a replacement within a week. Each station was donated by an individual or family as a memorial gift.

Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God for our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

The First Station: Jesus is condemned to death.

(Donated by Harry and Grace Rowe as a memorial to all Parish Members who died in Service.)

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As soon as it was morning, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation; and they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him to Pilate. And they all condemned him and said, “He deserves to die.” When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat on the judgment seat at a place called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. Then he handed Jesus over to them to be crucified.


V. God did not spare his own Son;
R. But delivered him up for us all.


A Reflection on the First Station…..from Hildegard of Bingen

Now in the people that were meant to green, there is no more life of any kind.
There is only a shriveled barrenness.
The winds are burdened by the utterly awful stink of evil, selfish goings-on.
Thunderstorms menace.
The air belches out the filthy uncleanliness of the peoples.
There pours forth an unnatural, a loathsome darkness, that withers the green,
and wizens the fruit that was to serve as food for the people.
Sometimes this layer of air is full, full of a fog that is the source of many destructive
and barren creatures, that destroy and damage the earth,
rendering it incapable of sustaining humanity.

The Second Station: Jesus Carries His Cross

(Donated by Evelyn Pollard as a Memorial to C. C. Snell)

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Jesus went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of the skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. Like a lamb he was led to the slaughter; and like a sheep that before its shearer’s is mute, so he opened not his mouth. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.


V. The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all:
R. For the transgression of my people was he stricken.


A Celtic Reflection on the Second Station.
Christ’s cross over this face and thus over my ear. Christ’s cross over this eye. Christ’s cross over this nose.
Christ’s cross to accompany me before. Christ’s cross to accompany me behind me.
Christ’s cross to meet every difficulty both on hollow and hill.
Christ’s cross eastwards facing me. Christ’s cross back towards the sunset.
In the north, in the south, increasingly may Christ’s cross straightway be.
Christ’s cross up to broad heave. Christ’s cross down to earth. Let no evil or hurt come to my body or my soul.
Christ’s cross over me as I sit. Christ’s cross over me as I lie.
Christ’s cross be all my strength until we reach the King of Heaven.
From the top of my head to the nail of my foot, O Christ,
against every danger I trust in the protection of the cross.
Till the day of my death, going into this clay, I shall draw without —
Christ’s cross over my face.

The Third Station: Jesus Falls for the First Time

(Donated by Ruby Taylor and Fay Atkinson as a Memorial to Roland H. Taylor and Walter Atkinson.)

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Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped; but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, and was born in human likeness.
And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name which is above every name. Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, and kneel before the Lord our Maker, for his is the Lord our God.


V. Surely he has borne our griefs:
R. And carried our sorrows.


Reflection… Melito of Sardis
“Who takes issue with me? Let him stand against me.”
I released the condemned: I brought the dead to life; I raise up the buried. Who is there that contradicts me?
‘I am the one,’ says the Christ.
‘I am the one that destroyed death and triumphed over the enemy and trod down Hades
and bound the strong one and carried off man to the heights of heaven;
I am the one,’ says the Christ.
‘Come then, all you families compounded with sins and get forgiveness of sins.
For I am the Pascha of salvation, I am the lamb slain for you. I am your ransom.
I am your life, I am your light, I am your salvation, I am your resurrection, I am your king.
I will raise you up by my right hand; I am leading you up to the heights of heaven;
there I will show you the Father from ages past.

The Fourth Station: Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother

(Donated by Gordon and Edith Dixon as a Memorial to William and Mabel Dixon and to John and Sohpia Burbeck.)

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To what can I liken you, to what can I compare you, O daughter of Jerusalem? What likeness can I use to comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion. For vast as the sea is your ruin. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. The Lord will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended.


V. A sword will pierce your own soul also:
R. And fill your heart with bitter pain.


Meditation … Julian of Norwich
Here I saw a part of the compassion of Our Lady Saint Mary:
for Christ and she were so made in love that the greatness of her loving was the cause of the greatness of her pain,
In this I saw an example of natural love, strengthened by grace, that creatures have for him;
which kind love was most fully and overpassingly shown in his sweet Mother.
For ever the higher, the mightier, the sweeter that the love be,
the more sorrow it is to the lover to see that body in pain that is loved.

The Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Carry the Cross

(Donated by Cedric C. Johnson and Florence W. Johnson as a Memorial to Rene Morris Johnson.)

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As they led Jesus away, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross to carry it behind Jesus.

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”


V. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me:
R. Cannot be my disciple.


A Prayer … Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Dear Jesus,
Help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go.
Flood our souls with your Spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly that our lives may only be a radiance of yours.
Shine through us and be so in us that every soul we come in contact with may feel your presence in our soul.
Let them look up and see no longer us, but only Jesus.
Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine se to be light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from you.
None of it will be ours. It will be you shining on others through us.
Let us thus praise you in the way you love best by shining on those around us.
Let us preach you without preaching not by words, but by our example by the catching force.
The sympathetic influence of what we do.
The evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to you. Amen.

The Sixth Station: Veronica Wipes Jesus’ Face

(Donated by Robert E. Burpee and McKensie Burpee as a Memorial to Fr. Wm. Lewis Porter.)

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We have seen him without beauty or majesty, with no looks to attract out eyes. He was despised and rejected be men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces, he was despised, and we esteemed him not. His appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of men. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.


V. Restore us, O Lord God of hosts:
R. Show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.


Benediction … Celtic Tradition
Glorious Lord, I give you greeting!
Let the church and chancel praise you,
Let the chancel and the church praise you,
Let the plain and the hillside praise you,
Let the world’s three well-springs praise you,
Two above wind and one above land,
Let the dark and the daylight praise you.
Abraham founder of the faith, praised you:
Let life everlasting praise you,
Let the birds and honeybees praise you,
Let the shorn stems and the shoots praise you.
Both Aaron and Moses praised you:
Let the male and the female praise you,
Let the seven days and the stars praise you,
Let the air and the ether praise you,
Let the books and the letters praise you,
Let the fish in the swift streams praise you,
Let the thought and the action praise you,
Let the sand-grains and the earth-clods praise you,
Let all the good that’s performed praise you.
And I shall praise you, Lord of glory:
Glorious Lord, I give you greeting.

The Seventh Station: Jesus Falls a Second Time

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Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth. For the transgression of my people he was stricken.


V. But as for me, I am a worm and no man:
R. Scorned by all and despised by the people.


The Daily Life – A Pilgrimage to Heaven … Martin Luther
This life is not a state of being righteous, but rather, of growth in righteousness;
Not a state of being healthy, but a period of healing;
Not a state of being, but becoming;
Not a state of rest, but of exercise and activity.
We are not yet what we shall be, but we grow towards it;
The process is not yet finished, but is still going on;
The life is not the end, it is the way to a better
All does not yet shine with glory; nevertheless, all is being purified.

The Eighth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

(Donated by Elvin J. Millerick and Margaret B. Millerick as a Memorial to Michael Dennis Millerick.)

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There followed after Jesus a great multitude of the people, and among them were women who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.”


V. Those who sowed with tears:
R. Will reap with songs of joy.


A Meditation … Hildegard of Bingen
Believing persons should never cease to direct themselves and others to God.
This is so that god, seeing the hearts of humankind, might make return for just work and good will.
To a person of good will, God will grant what is asked as the will to good is the sweetest of all aromas.
Already under the old covenant God was less pleased with the blood of rams,
but rather delighted in the goodwill of humankind.

The Ninth Station: Jesus Falls a Third Time

(Donated by Frieda Glazer as a Memorial to Morris M. Glazer, D.D.S..)

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I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath; he was driven and brought me into darkness without any light. He has besieged me and enveloped me with bitterness and tribulation; he has made me dwell in darkness like the dead of long ago. Though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer. He has made my teeth grind on gravel, and made me cower in ashes. “Remember, O Lord, my affliction and bitterness, the wormwood and the gall!”


V. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter:
R. And like a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he opened not his mouth.


The Way of Self-Denial … St. John of the Cross
That you may have pleasure in everything – Seek your own pleasure in nothing.
That you may know everything – Seek to know nothing.
That you may possess all things — Seek to possess nothing.
That you may be everything – Seek to be nothing.
In detachment the spirit finds peace and rest because it covets nothing.
Nothing wearies by its own elation, nothing oppresses it by dejection.
It stands in the center of its own humanity.
Desire to be empty and poor for Christ’s sake.
This state must be embraced with a perfect heart and you must really want it.
If your heart is truly engaged in these efforts you shall speedily attain to great joy and consolation.
Be continually careful and earnest in imitating Christ in everything, making your life conform to his.

The Tenth Station: Jesus is stripped of his garments

(Donated by Arthur W. Agnew and Evelyn E. Agnew as a Memorial to Clyde G. Young.)

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When they came to a place called Golgotha (which means the place of the skull) they offered him wine to drink, mingled with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And they divided his garments among them by casting lots. This was to fulfill the scripture which says, “They divided my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.


V. They gave me gall to eat:
R. And when I was thirsty they gave me vinegar to drink.


Your Face, Lord, Will I Seek … Julian of Norwich
Although our Lord God is with us and dwells in us, holding and enfolding us in tender love, never to leave us;
and although he is nearer to us that tongue can tell or heart can think –
even so we shall never cease from sighs nor tears, nor yet from yearning, till we come to see clearly his most blessed face.
In that lovely sight no grief can live, no blessing fail.
Were we to be in all pain that heart and tongue can tell, if at that time we could see his fair and blessed face,
then all this pain could not grieve us.
This blessed sight is the end of all pain to the loving soul, and brings to fulfillment all joy and delight.
He wants us to know that he will come suddenly and joyfully to all who love him.Although our Lord God is with us and dwells in us, holding and enfolding us in tender love, never to leave us;
and although he is nearer to us that tongue can tell or heart can think –
even so we shall never cease from sighs nor tears, nor yet from yearning, till we come to see clearly his most blessed face.
In that lovely sight no grief can live, no blessing fail.
Were we to be in all pain that heart and tongue can tell, if at that time we could see his fair and blessed face,
then all this pain could not grieve us.
This blessed sight is the end of all pain to the loving soul, and brings to fulfillment all joy and delight.
He wants us to know that he will come suddenly and joyfully to all who love him.

The Eleventh Station: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

(Donated by Winifred B. Osborn as a Memorial to Dale W. Osborn.)

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When they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him; and with him they crucified two criminals, one on the right, the other on the left, and Jesus between them. And the scripture was fulfilled which says, “He was numbered with the transgressors.”


V. They pierce my hands and my feet:
R. They stare and gloat over me.


A Reflection … St. Augustine
The deformity of Christ forms thee.
If he had not willed to be deformed, thou wouldst not have recovered the form which thou hadst lost.
Therefore deformed he hung upon the Cross.
But his deformity is our comeliness.
In this life, therefore, let us hold fast to the deformed Christ. . . .
We carry the sign of this deformity on our forehead.
Let us not be ashamed of this deformity of Christ.
Let us hold to this way, and we shall arrive where we shall see him;
we shall see the perfect justice of God.

The Twelfth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross

(Donated by Richard B. Batson, Nancy R. Batson, Eva L. Roberts and Lois M. Roberts as a Memorial to Douglas Batson.)

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When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, her said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And when Jesus received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished!” And then, crying with a loud voice, he said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” And he bowed his head, and handed over his spirit.


V. Christ for us became obedient unto death:
R. Even death on a cross.


Were You There … Spiritual
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they pierced him in the side?
Were you there when they pierced him in the side?
Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they pireced him in the side?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

The Thirteenth Station: The Body of Jesus is Placed in the Arms of his Mother

(Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Harold William Brewster as a Memorial to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harold Brewster.)

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All you who pass by, behold and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow. My eyes are spent with weeping; my soul is in tumult; my heart is poured out in grief because of the downfall of my people. “Do not call me Maomi (which means Pleasant), call me Mara (which means Bitter); for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.”


V. Her tears run down her cheeks:
R. And she has none to comfort her.


Meditation … St. Augustine
And so, brethren, in this life we are pilgrims; we sign in faith for our true country which we are unsure about.
Why do we not know the country whose citizens we are?
Because we have wandered so far away that we have forgotten it.
But the Lord Christ, the king of that land, came down to us, and drove forgetfulness from our heart.
God took to himself our flesh so that he might be our way back.
We go forward through his humanity so that we may be with him forever in his Divinity.
Do not look for any path to him except himself; for if he had not vouchsafed to be the way, we could never have found the path.
I do not tell you to look for the way – the way has come to you: arise and walk.
You are not walking on the lake like Peter, but on another sea, for this world is a sea:
Trials its waves, temptations its storms, and men devouring each other as fishes do.
Don’t be afraid, step out stoutly lest you sink.
Peter said, ‘If it is you, bid me come to you on the water.’
It was, and he heard his cry and raised him as he was sinking.
Gaze in faith at this miracle, and do as Peter did.
When the gale blows and the waves rise, and your weakness makes you fear you will be lost, cry out,
‘Lord, I am sinking,’ and he who bade you walk will not let you perish.

The Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

(Donated by The Martin Hutchinson Family as a Memorial to Martin Hutchinson, M.D..)

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When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb.


V. You will not abandon me to the grave:
R. Nor let your holy One see corruption.


Meditation … Julian of Norwich
He showed me a little thing, the size of a hazelnut, in the palm of my hand, and it was as round as a ball.
I looked at it with my mind’s eye and I thought, “What can this be?”
And the answer came, ‘It is all that is made.’
I marveled that it could last, for I thought it might have crumbled into nothing, is was so small.
And the answer came into my mind, ‘It lasts and ever shall be because God loves it.’
And all things have being through the love of God.
In this little thing I saw three truths.
The first is that God made it.
The second is that God loves it.
The third is that God looks after it.
What is God indeed that is Maker and Lover and Keeper? I cannot find words to tell.
For until I am one with God I can never have true rest nor peace.
I can never know it until I am held so close to God that there is nothing in between.

God, of your goodness, give me yourself, for you are enough for me.


We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.