The season of Lent is a period of forty days (not counting Sundays) in which we resolve, again, to participate in Jesus’ passion. In doing so, we journey on a divine path that chooses suffering over violence, sacrifice over safety, and generous love over self-love. As we walk this path we bear witness to many unexpected surprises. Chief among them all is this ancient Christian truth: difficulty and sorrow are not ways unto death, but rather, they are ways through death and into new life.
Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross are a fourteen step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus’ final day on earth, which culminates in his death and burial. The fourteen devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of his last day, beginning with his condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as individuals move from station to station. The stations are commonly found in churches as a series of fourteen small icons or images. They can also appear in church yards arranged along paths. At each station, individuals recall and meditate on a specific event from Jesus’ last day, specific prayers are recited, and then individuals move to the next station until all fourteen stations are complete.
This sermon series invites us into pilgrimage with Jesus. From his condemnation to his being laid in the tomb, we will sit before pictures—painted by words—that invite us to ponder Jesus’ last hours. Sitting, observing, and ultimately feeling, we will be encouraged to more deeply experience Jesus’ suffering, which we hope will evoke sorrow, compassion, and gratitude. Ultimately, it is our desire that by entering into the depths of Jesus’ despair, that longing for resurrection will be aroused and burst forth from within us as we begin to look past death to the hope of Easter life.
March 10th, First Sunday in Lent
Jesus is Condemned to Death
March 17th, Second Sunday in Lent
Jesus Carries his Cross
March 24th, Third Sunday in Lent
Jesus’ Clothes are Taken Away
March 31st, Fourth Sunday in Lent
Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
April 7th, Fifth Sunday in Lent
The Body of Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross
April 14th, Sixth Sunday in Lent & Palm Sunday
Jesus is Laid in the Tomb