March 25th – 6:30 am – 1:00 pm; 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
In ancient times, Christians used to make pilgrimages to Jerusalem for Holy Week. One popular activity while they were there was to walk the route from Pilate’s house to Calvary, stopping for devotionals to commemorate various events that took place along the way.
Of course most people didn’t do this every year, but they got so much spiritual benefit from walking the route to Calvary that they thought out a way to do it at home. They made carvings or pictures of each of the events along the way, and placed them at intervals, either outdoors or in a church. Then they could walk the route, stop at each place to do a devotional, and relive the experience. It also made the experience accessible to people who couldn’t afford to travel to Jerusalem.
Now, you might be wondering why they are called “stations”. The word station comes from the Latin word that means “to stand”. For instance, every place a train comes to a stop and stands for a while, it is a station; except we’ve built buildings at each of those places and for us the building is the station. In this case, we’re using the word station in its original meaning. We are going for a walk; every point along the way where we stop and pray is a station.
To use the Stations of the Cross, you will walk to various “stations” inside the church. You will just go for a nice walk, taking the nine stations in order. As you come to each station, you will be invited to stop, read the scriptures, pray the prayers, and contemplate the situation before moving on. Many stations will provide you an opportunity to experience the scripture in one activity or another. As you walk from one to the next, your walking becomes a devotional act, because you are walking with Jesus as he walks to Calvary. Devotional guides will be made available to each person who comes.
You may come at any time while the stations are open (see times above). Enter at the narthex and simply follow the printed guide. You will need anywhere from 30 minutes to as much time as you want/need to complete the nine stations. You may come alone or with others (family, friends). There will always be a volunteer available on site to answer questions or concerns.