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The Way of the Cross is a series of fourteen bronze sculptures outside a number of Melbourne’s historic churches, with each sculpture depicting part of the story of Jesus as He travels on His way to His crucifixion and eventually to the resurrection. Two of sculptures have memorial plaques on them. 

The sculptures link the churches together in a walk that the churches make together on Good Friday starting from St Francis Church and concludes at St Paul`s Cathedra. 

Over a number of years Melbourne City Churches in Action (MCCIA) worked on a project to initiate an ecumenical walk through the City of Melbourne on Good Friday, to remember Jesus' walk to the Cross. The walk is marked by a series of 14 superb bronze sculptures which tell the story of the journey of Jesus from the Last Supper to the Cross.  The 14 'stations' are placed outside various City Churches with two in the grounds of St Patrick's Cathedral. At each station those participating pause for prayer, readings, reflection and song. The first walk was held in 2000. Recent walks have attracted over 3000 people who joined together for worship and to witness to the people of Melbourne.

The sculptures are : -

1  .  The Last Supper:
       St Francis Church, Lonsdale Street  
2  .  Jesus in Gethsemane:
       Garden of St Francis' Church,
        Cnr of Elizabeth & Little Lonsdale Streets

3  .  Jesus before the council: 
       Cross-cultural Church, Swanston Street
4  .  Jesus before Pilate
       Wesley Uniting Church, Lonsdale Street
5  .  Jesus whipped and crowned
       St Peter's Church, Eastern Hill
6  .  Jesus takes up his cross
        St Patrick's Cathedral,
        Cnr of Gisborne & Albert Streets

7  .  Simon helps Jesus
       St. Patrick's Cathedral, Adjacent to the Main

8  .  Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem
       Trinity Lutheran Church, Parliament Place
9  .  Jesus nailed to the cross
       Along Collins Street opposite St Michael's Church
10. Jesus and the good thief
      Scots Church, Collins Street
11. Jesus speaks to Mary and the beloved disciple
      Baptist Church, Collins Street​
12. Jesus dies
      St Paul's Cathedral, Swanston Street entrance
13. Jesus is buried
      St Paul's Cathedral, Flinders Street entrance
14. Jesus is raised to life
      St John's Church, Southgate


Address:Lonsdale & Elizabeth Streets, St Francis Church, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.81207
Long: 144.962468
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Culture
Artist:Anna Meszaros
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au