Stations of the Cross
Burke painted these while he was a Prisoner of War in Milag Nord camp in Germany during World War II. Milag is short for Marine-Internierten-Lager (naval internment camp), and Nord is German for ‘north’. Burke painted the 'Stations of the Cross' for the camp chapel which was constructed by the prisoners in one of the Nissan huts. The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. The Stations of the Cross are commonly found in churches as a series of 14 images.