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Special Service: Stations of the Cross

Sunday 17 March at 3:30 PM

The Stations of the Cross are a time-honoured means of walking with Christ the way of his passion.  At each station, the congregation gathers around symbols as a focus for prayer and intentions for prayer are suggested.  By walking the way of the Cross, worshippers express a Lenten desire to follow Jesus more closely.

In origin, the Stations of the Cross go back to early Christinity when pilgrims visited Jerusalem to follow in the footsteps of Christ. In the fourteenth century, the Franciscans, guardians of the holy sites in Jerusalem, popularised the devotions associated with the present Via Dolorosa, and erected tableaux to assist the prayers of pilgrims.  These form the basis of the tableaux found inside or outside many churches today.