Chicago: Scepter Limited, 1959. Original white paper boards (7 3/8 inches tall) printed in purple and black, original dust jacket. Minor spotting and soiling to original dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #1191
"WHOSOEVER WILL BE MY DISCIPLE, LET HIM TAKE UP HIS CROSS DAILY AND FOLLOW ME"
First Scepter edition of this illustrated Stations of the Cross—"the most beautiful and most ancient of all popular devotions"—with reflections by Romano Guardini. Complete in the scarce original unclipped dust jacket.
The Way of the Cross has its devotional roots in the Middle Ages, fusing the mystical contemplation of Saints Bernard, Francis, and Bonaventure with a desire—brought back to the West by pilgrims and Crusaders returning from Jerusalem—to physically recreate Christ’s path to Calvary. Pope Paul VI revived the moribund practice in 1964 during the Second Vatican Council to commemorate the martyrdom of Christians in Imperial Rome. The tradition continues today as the Holy Father, joined by pilgrims from all over the globe, presides over the Way of the Cross inside the Colosseum on Good Friday. First published in the same year by Sheed & Ward, this edition was printed at the Dolmen Press in Dublin for Scepter (the publishing imprint of Opus Dei). This edition features 14 bold woodcuts by the Irish artist, Michael Biggs—each accompanied by a short meditation. Bookended by a prologue ("At The Entrance of the Way") and an epilogue ("At The Close of the Way"), the text is preceded by To the Reader, a valuable introductory essay by Msgr. Guardini: "The Way of the Cross is the school where we are taught how to overcome. The Way of the Cross is meant to reveal itself as above all a school of victory over suffering." Complete with the original dust jacket (with notices for Scepter's Sharon Selection of Modern Spirituality on the back panel). Approbations.