This resource is for use by parishes during the Season of Lent or on Good Friday. We hope that the content will help our parish communities reflect on some of the many issues that challenge and concern us at this time.

Click here to download – Stations of the Cross for our Time

Click here to download – Powerpoint Presentation

Introduction

We gather on this day as Christians united in prayer. In the midst of our busy lives we pause to pray as we reflect on the suffering journey of Christ. As we accompany Jesus on his journey to Calvary, let us take a moment to remember how difficult that journey was. He carried his cross through the narrow crowded streets of Jerusalem. It was Passover time and so the city was full of people, many of whom mocked, jostled and took pleasure in watching as Jesus struggled with his heavy burden. The way was often steep. The journey that Jesus made on that day remains a symbol of Christianity in the world, as it struggles with its own crosses and failures, and the challenges of modern life. The streets of our towns are filled with people who carry their personal crosses, who are bruised, battered and broken. Through these Stations of the Cross, Jesus is inviting us to journey with him and to reflect on his suffering as it continues in the lives of his people. In solidarity with all who suffer, let us pray that we will be open to whatever he wants us to see, hear and understand.

Images

The images of the Stations of the Cross that accompany each written reflection are the work of Ken Cooke and were sourced from the Church of St. George the Martyr in Newbury. These images are used with the kind permission of Rev Paul Cowan. Printed copies of Ken Cooke’s Stations of the Cross in full colour with readings and reflections for Lent and Holy Week are available from http://www.st-george-newbury.org/book.htm