Stations of the Cross Project — Early pilgrims to Jerusalem could actually retrace what was believed to be the steps of Jesus from arrest to tomb. The Via Dolorosa (Latin: “Way of Grief”) is a winding street in Jerusalem where Christians can still make a literal and spiritual journey of faith, pausing at what finally became 14 stops (stations) along the way for prayer and meditation.
As Christianity spread, traveling to Jerusalem became increasingly difficult. So the custom developed to recreate the sense of these Stations. Variously known a Stations of the Cross, the Way of the Cross, or the Way of Sorrows (Via Crucis), different places used icons, statues or other works of art to portray something of the original place and action in Jerusalem.
During the season of Lent in 2017 the Stations of the Cross Project was displayed in our church, where we asked 14 parishioners to each reflect upon and create one of the Stations. We heard from these artists about their research and the creative process that went into their art. Later, at Pentecost, these Stations will be offered at auction to benefit our Outreach programs.
Our goal is to engage St. Mark’s in a meaningful and intentional journey through Lent, carrying us to a glorious Easter. Come — walk with us.