Monday, April 2, 2012

Stations of the Cross: A Modern Approach for a Rainy Day Retreat

This last weekend, at our retreat, we created a modern twist on the Stations of the Cross. Late on Thursday we realized that it would be too rainy to plan on using the outdoor stations of the cross at our retreat house. So we needed a new plan. I started searching flickr for pictures of the stations of the cross.

And I found so many! I decided that we'd divide up the stations (there are 14) and let retreat goers CHOOSE which image they wanted us to use for their assigned station. I printed out four or 5 images for each station for the retreatants to choose from, and then we placed the chosen images up around the covered portion of the courtyard.

Instead of walking in the rain, we walked, covered (while it hailed!) and viewed a myriad of images from all over the world, representing Jesus' journey to the cross. As we walked, we read "The Way of the Cross at the Colosseum" which was led by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. It was moving, unique, and something I will never forget. I loved that each image represented a retreat participant in some way, as well as the artist who created it. And I love that this kind of stations of the cross could be done virtually anywhere, as it does not rely on any kind of space to create a moving and meaningful experience.

Come, join us in seeing which images the retreat participants chose!

Station 1: Jesus is condemned to death
http://www.flickr.com/photos/31561549@N08/6364464221/
image by: jmartyk, taken at St. John's in Stevenston, Scotland

Station 2: Jesus accepts the cross
WESTBROOK - SAINT MARK CHURCH - STATIONS - 02
image by: Jerry Dougherty, taken at Saint Mark Church in Westbrook, Connecticut, USA


Station 3: Jesus falls for the first time
Chapel at 3rd Station_1914
image by: ermyj, taken at the chapel at the 3rd Station, Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem, Israel

Station 4: Jesus meets his mother, Mary
De Grazia: Stations of the Cross
image by: Welcoming Spirit (Paula Jenkins), painting by Degrazia, photo taken at the De Grazia Gallery in Tucson, Arizona, USA

Station 5: Simon of Cyrene carries the cross
OLD SAYBROOK - ST JOHN CHURCH - STATIONS - 05
image by: Jerry Dougherty, taken at St John Church in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA


Station 6: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Station 6: Veronica wipes Jesus' face
image by: bott.richard, taken at Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal, QC, CA.

Station 7: Jesus falls the second time
 Station 7: Jesus falls the second time
image by: bott.richard, taken at Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal, QC, CA. 

Station 8: Jesus meets the woman of Jerusalem
8th Station - Jesus meets the woman of Jerusalem
image by: gracearcs

Station 9: Jesus falls for the third time
A cross above Dili, Timor Leste
image by: kdixon (Kate B Dixon), taken above Dili, Timor Leste


Station 10: Jesus is stripped of His garments
Stations of the Cross - 10
image by: elycefeliz, taken at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Station 11: Jesus is nailed upon the cross
Jesus is Raised Upon his Cross and Dies
image by: MartinJon

Station 12:  Jesus dies on the cross
Stations of the Cross
image by: elycefeliz, taken at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA


Station 13: Jesus' body is removed from the cross (Pieta)
pietà 1
image by: borablu, sculpture by Michelangelo, Vatican City

Station 14: Jesus is placed in the tomb and covered in incense
14 Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered in incense 3
image by: dgbb1979, taken in Cebu City, Central Visaya, PH

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5 comments:

Lola said...

Great post...wonderful pictures. I sometimes forget to let go and let faith take over...especially with Easter around the corner. I hope you and yours have a lovely holiday.

Lola
http://beeyoutifulyou.blogspot.com/

Paula said...

Thanks Lola :) Have a blessed Easter.

Anne said...

It's a good thing you thought of this. People today forget these old traditions. It's good to be reminded.

redemptionsbeauty said...

Oh, I absolutely love this. Thank you so much for sharing all the fabulous photos. We do a stations of the cross at our church, but this was even more meaningful to me.

Jennifer @ GettingDownWithJesus.com said...

Wow. I was so struck by the different artistic representations of the stations. I keep settling on those words: Jesus falls...

Jesus falls for the first time... For the second time ... for the third time.

Even the journey to the cross was so incredibly difficult. Unfathomable, really.