This year we will be marking the stations of the cross on our blog. We encourage you all to host a Stations of the Cross prayer group within your own parishes and communities.
During Lent last year, a large group of parishioners and CAFOD supporters got together at the Church of Christ the King, Cockfosters, to follow the Stations of the Cross, in an inspiring and moving way. Led by Nalini Nathan, CAFOD’s Community Participation Coordinator, the group, were joined by parish priest, Fr Sebastian Ostrynski.
The group stopped at each station of the cross around the church and read texts that were relevant to something that was happening in the world right then. Each step of Jesus’s journey to Calvary and his ultimate crucifixion, was linked to real stories that CAFOD and its partners had encountered. It brought home the relevance and power of prayers in a community that could make a difference to the lives of the poor and marginalised in the developing world.
CAFOD’s Stations of the Cross, a resource pack that was used by the group also gave them an opportunity to put into practice what Pope Francis has encouraged us to do – to enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have had special experience of God’s mercy.
Also available is an accompanying PowerPoint presentation that can be used alongside the printed text for those not wishing to walk around the church. Each Station of the Cross has two slides: the first slide is a Scripture text and a prayer, which could be read by the leader of the group, and the second slide is an image and text from one of CAFOD’s overseas partners, which would be read by a different member of the group.
For instance, during the Second Station of the Cross when Jesus carries his cross, we were told about an Ugandan woman by the name of Teko Anna, aged 45, who had to walk several miles a day carrying 20 litre containers to get fresh water, because the borehole in her village was broken and never repaired.
You can download a simple service booklet for you to adapt and print off for each person taking part at: http://cafod.org.uk/pray/prayer-resources.