The Stations of the Cross and the Way of the Cross
An ancient, spiritual practice is the Stations of the Cross.
The Stations of the Cross have been followed by Christians for
many centuries. Lutherans have often kept the Stations of the
Cross, as many Lutheran churches keep the Stations now.
As we pass from station to station, we are reminded of the final
episodes or events in the life of Christ, once Christ’s last
supper with his disciples is done. In order to have a unique
experience for our parish, we have selected our Fourteen
The Way of the Cross is the text that serves as a guide
for each practitioner of the Stations. The words in our Way
of the Cross are in three parts for each station: Scripture
to describe the Station; reflective text in the imagined, inner
voice of the suffering Christ; and then a guided prayer. The
reflective text emphasizes the human aspect of Jesus–the part
that keenly, physically felt every sensation of each event–and
the part of Christ that we can relate to most closely.
As a participant–as a pilgrim on the Way of the
Cross–you are invited to take time at each Station to behold, to
read, to reflect, to think and to feel, and to pray. No one
will hurry you, so please don’t hurry yourself.
Let this, then, become your practice of the Stations of the
Cross and the way to the Cross.