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Stations of the Cross 2021 – Covid-19 Pandemic Pilgrim Trail

Easter 2021

Many of you will be familiar with the ‘Stations of the Cross’ Banners which formed part of the 2015 Chester Cathedral Pilgrim’s Trail celebrating the centenary of the ending of the First World War.  The ‘Stations’ depicted on the Banners and in the Trail Booklet inspired not only our own community, visitors and pilgrims but also those in other parishes who hired the banners.

The Cathedral now wishes to produce a new ‘Stations of the Cross’ journey around our cathedral to reflect on those who have died, who cared for the sick and who suffered from the effects of Covid-19.  The 2021 Stations of the Cross banners will carry images representing the Covid-19 Pandemic whilst at the same time recounting the traditional depictions of Christ’s Passion.

How can you be part of this new project?  The Stations of the Cross Project Team is hoping that some of images, to be displayed on the new banners, will be provided by members of our cathedral community.

To be considered for display images should, where possible, fulfil the following criteria:

  • Jepg format – minimum 2MB.  The final images must be able to translate onto 9ft banners without pixilation.  If unsure please contact Patricia Faraday here.
  • Illustrate an aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic – meetings, family, joy, sadness, hope, prayer etc. and fit, perhaps tenuously, with any of the ‘Stations of the Cross’ listed in the ‘Appendix’ below
  • Must be photo images taken by you or your direct family.  They must NOT be images taken from any other source including the internet.  Due to safeguarding legislation we are unable to accept images of persons under 18.  If your image/s are selected we will ask for your specific written permission before they are used
  • Images may be black & white or colour

If you have images that you think might be suitable please email them to either Jeremy Dussek; or Patricia Faraday; by Wednesday 20 January 2021.

Please bear in mind that the Project Team reserve the right to select the images considered most appropriate for the banners and we may not require your image/s.  However, there are plans to provide a suitable area in the cathedral to display photos, memories, poems relating to the pandemic alongside the Stations of the Cross Pilgrim’s Trail.

We aim to deliver the ‘Stations of the Cross’ by Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2021,  however, please bear in mind that the project may be subject to Covid-19 Government and Church of England legislation and/or restrictions and we cannot guarantee the exact date.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the above do not hesitate to contact Canon Jeremy or Patricia Faraday.


The 14 Stations of the Cross


  1. Jesus is condemned to death
  2. Jesus takes up his Cross
  3. Jesus falls for the first time
  4. Jesus meets his mother
  5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his cross
  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
  7. Jesus falls for the second time
  8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
  9. Jesus is stripped and nailed to the cross
  10. Jesus dies on the cross
  11. Jesus is taken down from the Cross
  12. Jesus is placed in the tomb
  13. Christ is Risen
  14. Christ meets his followers