Second Station - Jesus takes up his Cross

Jesus went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. Like a lamb he was led to the slaughter; and like a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he opened not his mouth. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.

2. Jesus takes up his cross—Sharon & Jerry Fishel, stained glass
I am from the Jesus Christ Superstar generation; the one that said "Jesus Christ, Superstar, do you think you're who they say you are?" When I saw Mel Gibson's the Passion of the Christ it said to me that yes, Jesus did think he was the Christ and he willingly took up the cross, which was not a fun, easy, or pretty thing to do. In fact the graphic portrayal of what taking up that cross meant was a profound experience for me. So…when I went to make a symbol of that act I wanted to show that the cross was not just a pretty thing, but a prickly one.

We had a good experience coming up with the design. I went to the glass shop looking for patterns and met a young woman who grew up attending the National Cathedral. It was a rainy day and there was hardly anyone in the shop. She really got into finding me patterns and designs. I took some home and told Jerry what I was trying to accomplish; Jerry put the designs together. I loved the pattern he made. He said he felt inspired when he drew it. We then together went and chose glass to bring it to life.

Second Station - Jesus takes up his Cross