Stations of the Cross – Mary’s way

by Christine on March 23, 2013

Last night the ladies of my parish, St-Mary Catholic Church hosted a “Stations of the Cross” prayer night for our parish & community. We first shared a meal of baked potatoes with fixin’s and enjoyed fellowship prior to meeting in the church for prayer.

For Roman Catholics throughout the world, the Stations of the Cross are synonymous with Lent, Holy Week and, especially, Good Friday. This devotion is also known as the “Way of the Cross”, the “Via Crucis”, and the “Via Dolorosa.” It commemorates 14 key events on day of Christ’s crucifixion. The majority concern His final walk through the streets of Jerusalem, carrying the Cross.

The Stations originated in medieval Europe when wars prevented Christian pilgrims from visiting the Holy Land. European artists created works depicting scenes of Christ’s journey to Calvary. The faithful installed these sculptures or paintings at intervals along a procession route, inside the parish church or outdoors. Performing the devotion meant walking the entire route, stopping to pray at each “station.”

Today, images of the Stations (or simple crosses representing them) are on display in almost all Catholic churches. They serve mainly as a focus for Lenten worship services. But the Stations can also be performed privately, at any time of the year, even at home.

Most prayers for this form of devotion are similar but because the women of the parish were leading the prayers, we used a guidebook called, “Mary’s Way of the Cross” by Richard Furey. Although I was familiar with it, for some reason it affected me more deeply this time around. As we were praying, I could really feel what our Lord’s mother was experiencing during her son’s passion.

As I was searching the internet for a copy of this little jewel (I did find it & ordered 5 copies from Amazon), I came across a series of 3 videos on Youtube – it will take about 35 minutes of your time to watch all 3 & experience The Stations of the Cross. Listen carefully… the meditations are an excellent guide to an examination of conscience.

I hope you will find this as touching and inspiring as I have.

God bless!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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