The Fourth Station

The Fourth Station

Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother

A heart-rending scene. While Mary reaches out to her son, Jesus is about to be whipped by the man with the flagellum.

The man with the hammer and nails strains to get a better view and is in danger of hitting a soldier on the head.

The man with the rope is standing on the edge of Jesus’ robe. The soldier with the red robe appears to be in charge and is standing next to Jesus and his mother, keeping things under control.

A high priest looks on from the back of the crowd, uninvolved.

The dedication on the brass plate below the tableau is:


The Third Station

The Third Station

Jesus Falls The First Time

Jesus has fallen and a man carrying a flagellum (a whip used for scourging) is trying to pull him to his feet. The soldier has his left hand raised in protest. He wears a red cloak over his shoulders and so he is not the soldier that we mentioned in the second station.

The man carrying the hammer and nails in the second station is here again but appears to have changed his dark blue robe for a dark red one.

The dedication on the brass plate below the tableau is:


The Second Station

The Second Station

Jesus Carries The Cross

It was the custom of the Romans to leave the vertical shafts of the crosses in situ from one crucifixion to the next. So the victim was required to carry only the horizontal cross-piece, rather than the whole cross, but that would still have been heavy enough to a man weak from scourging.

In the background, fixed to the top of a spear, is a notice bearing the letters INRI. This is not Pilate’s inscription, which was written in three languages, but is there to remind us that such an inscription exists. The letters are an abbreviation of the Latin Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum which means Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews.

On the far left of the tableau is a man in a dark blue robe who is holding a hammer in his right hand. He holds aloft in his left hand the nails that will be used to nail Jesus to the cross.

The soldier has in his left hand what looks like a sword, but he is holding it by the blade.

The dedication on the brass plate below the tableau is:


The First Station Dunhill

The First Station

Jesus Is Condemned To Death

The tableau shows Jesus standing with hands bound before Pontius Pilate as the charges against him are read out –
“Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus said, ‘You have said so.’ But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate said to him, ‘Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?’ But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed”. [Matthew 27:11-14].

Pilate wants to release Jesus but the chief priests dissuade him –
“He said to the Jews, ‘Behold your King!’ They cried out, ‘Away with him, away with him, crucify him!’ Pilate said to them, ‘Shall I crucify your King?’ The chief priests answered, ‘We have no king but Caesar.’ So he delivered him over to them to be crucified”. [John 19:14-16].

The Roman soldier standing next to Jesus is carrying a standard that has a manus or hand at the top. This signifies the oath of allegiance that each soldier took.

The dedication on the brass plate below the tableau is:


Stations Of The Cross, Dunhill

Stations Of The Cross, Sacred Heart Church, Dunhill

Fernandez's Pieta

[ The picture shows Gregorio Fernandez’s Pieta. Click to zoom. ]

On this page we show you the Stations of the Cross tableaux that are on the walls of Sacred Heart church. You will be able to see them in close-up as you have probably never seen them before. Also, we will describe the scenes depicted at each station.

Please note that, if you wish to partake of the Stations as a devotion by contemplating the scenes and praying at each one, we would advise you to make use of other web sites such as THIS at Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.

If you are interested in the history and development of the Stations, we recommend The Way of the Cross on the Vatican web site.

You can see our own Stations of the Cross by using the menu on the left.


Dunhill Church Windows

The Stained-Glass Windows of Sacred Heart Church, Dunhill

If you are wondering why we are showing you these windows when you can see them in the flesh any Sunday, then you obviously don’t live in the U.S.A., or Australia, or Little Puddlington on Sea. Even if you go to church in Dunhill seven days a week, you may never have taken the time to look closely at the windows and so you may see them here for the very first time. Even if you have studied the windows, it is difficult to appreciate their beauty from the floor of the church or by climbing up onto the window ledges – we know!!

The various window images can be accessed from the menu on the left. They can all be enlarged by clicking on the images and it is then that their true beauty unfolds.

Because of the sloping nature of the site, the church was built with a reversed orientation so that the main door of the church faces east rather than west. The order in which the windows occur in the menu is as follows: We begin with the main window in the west gable, above the altar, and then turn left through the south transept, the south wall of the nave, the north wall of the nave, the north transept and, finally, the east gable window above the main door.

Before you embark on your journey through the stained-glass windows of Dunhill church, take a look at the window below. It is by the famous Harry Clarke (1889 to 1931) who was undoubtedly Ireland’s greatest stained glass artist. It depicts St. Brendan meeting Judas. Unfortunately, we do not know who made Dunhill church’s windows, but we know it wasn’t Harry Clarke. Click the image to zoom in.
Brendan and Judas