The Stations of the Cross began as the practice of pious pilgrims to Jerusalem who would retrace the final journey of Jesus Christ to Calvary.
Later, for the many who wanted to pass along the same route, but could not make the trip to Jerusalem, a practice developed that eventually took the form of the fourteen stations currently found in almost every church.
Along the nave walls, here at the Cathedral, are distinctive murals of the Stations of the Cross created by Carl Zimmerman, an instructor at Cincinnati Art Academy. The black figures against red brick were inspired by Ancient Greek vases.
The Stations of the Cross are prayed at the Cathedral on the Fridays during Lent at 6:00pm and on Good Friday at 5:15pm.