Stations of the Cross Reflections
March 20 - April 4
Download Station 8: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
Download Station 7: Jesus Falls a Second Time
Download Station 6: A Woman Wipes the Face of Jesus
Download Station 5: The Cross is Laid on Simon of Cyrene
Download Station 4: Jesus Meets His Grieving Mother
Download Station 3: Jesus Falls the First Time
Download Station 2: Jesus Carries his Cross
Download Station 1: Jesus is Condemned to Death
During this Lenten Season of 2020, with the world engulfed in a pandemic, we are separated and, in some instances, confined. How do we act? Where might we go? Who will be there? As disorienting as this may be, it isn’t the first time in our history that Christians have limped their way through exceedingly difficult times.
During medieval times, many Christians made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem to walk the path Jesus took from his arrest to his passion and death. While many participated, many more were unable; in response, the church brought the Stations of the Cross to the front of everyday life.
As Peggy Parker and Mother Kate Sonderegger, recognize in their recent book Praying the Stations of the Cross: Finding Hope in a Weary Land (Eeedmans, Grand Rapids, 2019), “The Stations…offer consolation and comfort when we are grieving; healing and restoration when we are parched; inspiration and guidance when we are searching or lost or simply beset by the turmoil and temptation, isolation and insecurity that unsettle all our lives.”
In this time of unrest, you’re invited to join us in this ancient ritual and to walk with us and together stop, reflect, pray, and meditate on each Station. Beginning this Friday and for the following 13 days (except for Sundays), clergy and seminarians together will offer reflective meditations for your encouragement and strengthening. Just as if we were in the nave at St. Mary’s, we will use Peggy Parker’s inspiring woodcut Stations to stir and guide our prayers.
This 14-day journey will bring us to the eve of Palm Sunday and Holy Week when we will once again join in experiencing the astonishing love made known to each of us in the passion, death, and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior. May God’s peace bless and guide you.