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.
“Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.” Mt. 27:26
“Surely he has borne our grief and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.” Is. 53:4
“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
“And a sword will pierce through your own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Lk. 2:35
“If anyone would come after me, let that person deny oneself and take up one’s cross and follow me.” Mt. 16:24
“As many were astonished at him – his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals.” Is. 52:14
“Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.” Lk. 23:28
“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
“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
“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