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Way of the Cross at Cathedral Place

Cathedral Parish

 
 
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By William J. Toman, June 16, 2014
1. Way of the Cross at Cathedral Place Marker
Inscription. This is the once and future site of the cathedral church of the Diocese of Madison. Saint Raphael, the first Catholic parish in Madison, laid the cornerstone for its second church here in 1854. It was built of native stone and faced Main Street. That church was raised to the dignity of a cathedral when the Diocese of Madison was created in 1946, and destroyed by arson in 2005.

This block will be the site of a new cathedral. In the meantime, this holy place is being used as a Way of the Cross. This devotion is rooted in the ancient Christian practice of visiting Jerusalem to retrace the steps of Jesus from his trial to his tomb. The fourteen stations (marked by stone crosses) commemorate fourteen events that took place along that route.

----Stations of the Cross----

I Jesus is Condemned to Death
II Jesus Takes Up His Cross
IIIJesus Falls the First Time
IV Jesus Meets His Beloved Mother
V Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus
VI Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
VII Jesus Falls the Second Time
VIII Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
IX Jesus Falls the Third Time
X Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments
XI Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross
XII Jesus Dies on the Cross
XIII Jesus Is Taken Down from the Cross
XIV Jesus Is Laid in the Sepulcher

More information about the site and meditations to accompany
Way of the Cross at Cathedral Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 16, 2014
2. Way of the Cross at Cathedral Place Marker
your use of this Way of the Cross can be found at: www.isthmuscatholic.org/wayofcross
 
Location. 43° 4.36′ N, 89° 23.13′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is on South Fairchild Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Between East Washington Avenue and West Main Street. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mohr / Christoffer Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel Loraine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Smith and Lamb Block (about 300 feet away); Jackman Building (about 400 feet away); Baskerville Apartments (about 400 feet away); What would you have seen here 14,000 years ago? (about 400 feet away); Grace Episcopal Church (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Grace Episcopal Church (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
Way of the Cross at Cathedral Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 16, 2014
3. Way of the Cross at Cathedral Place Marker
Way of the Cross at Cathedral Place image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 16, 2014
4. Way of the Cross at Cathedral Place
Close-up of a Way of the Cross Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 16, 2014
5. Close-up of a Way of the Cross Station Marker
St. Rafael's Steeple image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, February 12, 2011
6. St. Rafael's Steeple
The steeple survived the fire that destroyed the cathedral, and is in storage in two pieces pending reconstruction.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 23, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 26, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   6. submitted on February 13, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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