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Ridolfi Stations of the Cross

The church’s Stations of the Cross were conserved in 2003-2004 by Andre and Barbara Bossak.  Subsequently, new lighting has enhanced their visibility and beauty.  The Parish has been provided both with significant documentation for the conservation process and study sketches for the original paintings. The images were made by Pietro Rudolfi and his son, Tito, in Rome and delivered to the newly built church in San Francisco (1914).

Stations of the Cross came into popular practice in the 17th century.  Specific elements are required for official recognition of Stations of the Cross by the Catholic Church, including a numbered wooden cross for each and validation by an authorized Franciscan. St Ignatius Church’s Stations fulfilled  those expectations in 1939.

Nave or main body of St Ignatius from Southwest. Beginning on the right, Ridolfi Stations XI to XIV can be seen over the east alcoves and side church entrance.

 

paiting of this station of the cross

“Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.” Mt. 27:26

paiting of this station of the cross

“Surely he has borne our grief and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.” Is. 53:4

paiting of this station of the cross

“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.” Is. 53:5

paiting of this station of the cross

“And a sword will pierce through your own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Lk. 2:35

paiting of this station of the cross

“If anyone would come after me, let that person deny oneself and take up one’s cross and follow me.” Mt. 16:24

paiting of this station of the cross

“As many were astonished at him – his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals.” Is. 52:14

paiting of this station of the cross

“He will not fail to be discouraged until he has established justice on the earth.” Is. 42:4

paiting of this station of the cross

“Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.” Lk. 23:28

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“He shall see the fruit of the travail of his soul and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous; and he shall bear their iniquities.” Is. 53:11

paiting of this station of the cross

“They divided my garments among them, and for my raiment they cast lots.” Ps. 21:19

paiting of this station of the cross

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all to myself.” Jn. 12:32

paiting of this station of the cross

“Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!’ And having said this he breathed his last.” Lk. 23:46

paiting of this station of the cross

“And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.” Is. 53:9

paiting of this station of the cross

“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. The one who loves life loses it, and the one who hates one’s life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” Jn. 12:24-25