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Follow in the footsteps
of the Passion of Jesus

Throughout the Shrine, pilgrims may follow the Stations of the Cross either outdoors, in the Parish church or in the Basilica. Stations of the Cross take place Monday to Saturday at 2pm during the pilgrimage season.

Stations of the Cross location

The outdoor Stations of the Cross are located in the Shrine grounds adjacent to the Parish Church.

Calvary Hill is set in mature grounds and offers a peaceful location in which to pray the Stations of the Cross.

Stations of the Cross

The stunning Stations of the Cross in Knock Basilica are the work of Westport artist, Ger Sweeney. The Stations  are painted on stretched raw linen, each Station is 2.6 x 2.6 metres (square in shape). Taking into account the large extent and scale of the Basilica, and the gracious floor to ceiling height within the Basilica, it was decided that the Stations should be installed approx. 4.5m above floor level; this ensures that all pilgrims have a good view of the Stations and this facilitates prayer and particularly saying of the Rosary.

The Stations of the Cross utilise a subdued colour range and this colour range is combined with very effective representations of natural light in each Station; this is appropriate for the solemnity of the subject matter, and this artistic restraint helps to give a powerful emotional feeling to the works.

Traditional Station to be performed by the pilgrim

Visit to the Blessed Sacrament in any of the Chapels Stations of the Cross. These should be performed outside, near the Shrine or on the Knock Shrine Calvary weather permitting. In wet weather they may be performed in the Church of the Apparition or in the Basilica.

The traditional Stations of the Cross in the parish church have been in place since the 1920’s. In 2018, they were refurbished by specialist conservator, Eoghan Daltún and the intricate detail of each  piece has been brought back to life.