Stations of the Cross
By Brianna Trepa
On our Lenten journey this year our parish gives us many opportunities to grow in our faith. One of these opportunities was attending Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings. During Stations of the Cross, people from the parish community gathered to walk along the perimeter of the church where there are beautiful flags hung from the ceiling that represent each station.
This time was spent reflecting and connecting with the events that took place during the crucifixion of Jesus. Walking the Stations does not have to be done by yourself, most people from the parish will walk the Stations together and reflect as a group. Many families also participate in walking the stations together. My family has done this before and I personally felt that by talking to each other about our own individual faith journeys caused us to grow even closer and understand each other much better.
It is very rewarding to experience Stations in the way that I did because faith starts within the family and having support from those who are closest to you is important. That is what makes the experience so special, every time you walk there will always be a different conversation with different ideas and opinions talked about. Making this a wonderful time for growth and seeing things in a different light than you previously had.
A student from the teen group at St. Thomas More, Albin Arulanandu, described his experience as “a very moving involvement that really deepens my connection with Christ as I go on the journey with Him and feel how He felt emotionally and just realize how thankful I am for His sacrifice.” One of the best things about Stations is that you feel like you are present at the crucifixion, walking with Jesus on his path to the cross. This is a much more powerful experience than just reading about what happened from your Bible. We all have hardships and our own crosses to bear all throughout the year and not just during the Lenten season, this is why we need to take advantage of this opportunity while it is here. The more times that you attend Stations, the more you will understand and be able to connect to your own life.
Stations of the cross is open every year to members of the parish and guests. I highly encourage you to attend whether it be by yourself, with family, or with friends. It is truly an eye-opening experience that you will not forget!April 11, 2018