Chicago: Scepter, 1963. Early printing. Original illustrated green cloth (7 1/2 inches tall). Faint tanning to front endpaper, mild tidemark to upper corner of final two leaves. Item #729
"WHOSOEVER WILL BE MY DISCIPLE, LET HIM TAKE UP HIS CROSS DAILY AND FOLLOW ME" Early printing of these illustrated Stations of the Cross, "the most beautiful and most ancient of all popular devotions." The Way of the Cross has its devotional roots in the Middle Ages, fusing the mystical contemplation of saints such as 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. This edition features a valuable Introductory essay by Romano Guardini, emphasizing the sobering daily practicality of the devotion: "The Way of the Cross is the school where we are taught how to overcome...a holy school of life and of suffering in which we find our daily existence reflected." The 15 dramatic woodcuts by the Irish artist, Michael Biggs—each accompanied by a short meditation—are bookended by an opening "The Entrance of the Way" and the concluding "The Close of the Way." First published by Sheed & Ward in 1959 and published here with a lovely woodcut title-page by Scepter, the publishing imprint of Opus Dei. Approbations.