Stations of the Cross | At Home and At St. Paul’s
Church Open for Prayer and Stations of the Cross Devotion on Good Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
During Holy Week, the church and Memorial Garden will be open and available for socially distanced quiet prayer and silent meditation. You are invited to pray the Stations of the Cross at the altar rail in the front of the church, beginning on the right side of the altar moving to the left. Handouts and instructions may be found on a table at the first station on the right side of the altar rail.
The Stations of the Cross is an ancient spiritual practice that invites us to walk Jesus’ Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), standing witness to his descent from Pilate’s court, his journey beneath his cross through the dusty streets of Jerusalem, his stripping, nailing, crucifixion, and descent to the tomb. This service was developed in Jerusalem as a devotion to be undertaken by those wishing to walk in the footsteps of Jesus on Good Friday. In time it developed into 14 stations. Eight of these stations are based directly on the Gospel accounts of the crucifixion, while stations 3,4,6,7,9 and 13 are inferred from the Gospels or taken from pious legends of the crucifixion. Each station begins with a portion of the Stabat Mater, the 12th-century hymn of the crucifixion (At the cross her station keeping) attributed to the Franciscan poet Jacopone da Todi.
You may pray the stations at home as part of your personal devotions, by downloading both of the booklets linked below. In the first booklet, woodcut images depict the traditional 14 Stations and have been generously shared with permission by renowned artist Margaret Adams Parker. The second booklet contains prayers from the “Way of the Cross” liturgy in the Book of Occasional Services to accompany each of the woodcut stations. In addition, you are welcome to visit St. Paul’s sanctuary during Holy Week to pray the stations at the altar rail where prints of the woodcuts are posted with handouts for the prayers.