Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:26

Why the Stations of the Cross?

Could you walk a mile in Jesus’s shoes? The Stations of the Cross bring us closer to Christ as we meditate on the great love He showed for us in His most sorrowful Passion!

stationsYou can pray the Stations of the Cross (also known as the Way of the Cross) alone at anytime, but it is tradition that the faithful pray them together on Friday nights during Lent.

Tradition traces this loving tribute to our Lord back to the Blessed Mother’s retracing her Son’s last steps along what became known as the Via Dolorosa (the Sorrowful Way) on His way to His Crucifixion at Calvary in Jerusalem.

Pilgrims to the Holy Land commemorated Christ’s Passion in a similar manner as early as the 4th century A.D. The Stations of the Cross developed as a devotion in earnest, however, around the 13th to 14th centuries.

It became a way of allowing those who could not make the long, expensive, arduous journey to Jerusalem to make a pilgrimage in prayer, at least, in their church! Although the original number of stations varied greatly, they became fixed at 14 in the 18th century.

The Stations of the Cross themselves are usually represented in churches by a series of 14 pictures or sculptures covering our Lord's Passion. They are meant to be “stopping points” along the journey for prayer and meditation.

Join us at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays in Lent as we comfort Christ on His sorrowful journey by praying together the Stations of the Cross!