The Christian life is a journey. Many of us experience this, but there is one person’s journey that means more than ours and that is the journey of Jesus Christ. His journey to the cross at Calvary gives our journey to Heaven meaning. Many of us who have traveled to the Holy Land have had the privilege to walk the very way of the cross of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. For centuries, this has been, and continues to be, a pilgrimage for thousands of pilgrims each year.
Throughout the centuries, churches have tried to bring this pilgrimage to the parish for those who are not able to go to the Holy Land. The form this has taken is what is known as the Stations of the Cross. Traveling through each station, we are symbolically connected to the journey with Jesus as He travels to the cross at Calvary. This is a beautiful and thought-provoking reminder of where we are going as a pilgrim people.
Keeping this rich tradition in mind, we have decided to move our own stations from where they are now located, lower them to eye level, and place them around our church. We have two main goals for doing this. First, the stations will be more readily seen by all worshipers as they travel from station to station. Second, this will hopefully encourage a closeness with the devotion of the Stations of the Cross, for those who have done it numerous times, as well as for those who are doing it for the first time, like our children. Maybe by making the stations more visible to our children, this will inspire conversations between parents and children. Perhaps even walking in the church on a regular Sunday morning for Mass, children might ask “Mom, what does that picture mean?” or, “Dad, what do you do with these? Can we go to the Friday Stations of the Cross service?”
By changing the location of the stations, the hope is that it will inspire thought-provoking experiences for all our parishioners; those that are young and those that are young at heart. We all need encouragement in our earthly journey. Through traveling with Jesus to his cross, may we all be blessed with renewed strength for our own earthly journey.
Bilingual Stations of the Cross will be prayed on Lenten Fridays at 7:00 p.m. beginning March 8.