8. The Eighth Station Where Jesus Talks to the Women of JerusalemOn the Hanka Street is the eighth station, which is a little out of the way from the Via Dolorosa. This station is called, "Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem." Here it is written on a stone wall on which a cross is seen on the Crucifixion Hill (IC XC NIKA).
And so Jesus met the women of the city of Jerusalem. These were simple and poor women. The women are sad and mourning him, but Jesus predicts bad things were to come to the city, "Do not cry to me, cry for yourselves and your children."
From the New Testament:
"A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ Then “‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”’[a] For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”"
The place of the station was officially decided on in the 19th century, in the area of the Greek Orthodox Charalambos, a monastery dedicated to the memory a Greek martyr from the 3rd century, and is located on the Hanka Street. Most of the time, this monastery is closed to the public, and pilgrims pray here, next to a stone that was put into the monastery's wall.
Since the Charalambos monastery closes off the way towards the Golgotha Hill, pilgrims must retrace their steps and walk around the church on their way back to the Via Dolorosa.