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Stations of the Cross

The prayer of the Church venerates and honors the Heart of Jesus just as it invokes his most holy name. It adores the incarnate Word and his Heart which, out of love for men, he allowed to be pierced by our sins. Christian prayer loves to follow the way of the cross in the Savior’s steps. The stations from the Praetorium to Golgotha and the tomb trace the way of Jesus, who by his holy cross has redeemed the world.”
~ Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2669

In the early days of the Church, making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and specifically walking the road that Christ walked on the way to the Cross, was considered a special source of grace. It would be the aim of every Christian to do this during their life. As the CHurch spread to more distant lands, fewer Christians had the ability to make this journey. And in more recent times, the journey to the Holy Land has become more dangerous.

And so, eventually the Stations of the Cross became a popular devotion. The faithful could walk from one scene of Christ’s last journey to the other, reflecting and praying abou tit as they did. There is no one “official” set of prayers for the stations, all that is required is faithful reflection on the steps that Jesus took to save us from our sins.

Stations of the Cross are celebrated here at Our Lady of the Woods on Fridays during Lent. Watch the bulletin and this page for the the schedule. One may pray the Stations of the Cross at any time by following the depictions of the stations on the walls in the church.

On Good Friday in 1991, Pope John Paul II prayed an ecumenical version of the Stations based on Scripture. This Scriptural version of the Stations is an alternative to the traditional Stations. 

In Our Lady of the Woods Church, we have the Maryknoll Stations of the Cross below the traditional Stations of the Cross. 
If you would like the study guide to them, see:
If you would like to buy the Maryknoll Stations of the Cross, see:

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