The Living Stations of the Cross
By Steve Taranovich
I attended the T.U.F (Teens United in Faith) presentation of the Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. This event was advertised as ‘A Journey You’ll Never Forget’—and it certainly lived up to that.
Just as this presentation was about to begin, I walked over to the Parish Hall and saw the T.U.F group gathered inside the front door getting ready to process over to the Church for their re-enactment of Our Lord’s Passion and Death.
The procession began across the courtyard and into the Church where these teens immediately assumed the roles of the participants in the Stations of the Cross and convincingly and dramatically brought Jesus’ path to His Crucifixion to life.
I became so lost in these moments that now I was one of the bystanders watching Jesus on trial, being scourged and fitted with a crown of thorns and then march to His death.
The most tender moment was when Jesus’ Mother Mary slowly walked down the center aisle towards Jesus and met Him face-to-face. The young girl who portrayed Mary was none other than Gabby Coons, a TUF member that also writes for our Holy Smoke newsletter. Miss Coons made me cry as she met Jesus and felt the ‘sword pierce her heart’ seeing her Son so beaten, bruised and bloody on His path to the Death He freely accepted with unconditional love for His Creation—men and women who sinned against Him.
As each station progressed and I finally saw Jesus stripped of His garments and be nailed to the Cross, I was so painfully engrossed in the images portrayed by all the TUF participants and their part in bringing this event so true to life for all the congregation gathered in the pews.
As the song lyrics say, “Were you there when they crucified My Lord?”—well, I certainly was and I hope those of you who missed this event will attend next year’s portrayal and journey with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the road to Calvary.April 11, 2018