In The Way of the Cross we can enter into the last journey of Jesus. Many artists have given their interpretation of the events which these stations recall. Frances Biggs has done this through her lived experience of the passion of Jesus. The text draws on one person's reflection on Frances' art, the stations themselves, and the ways in which Jesus still lives his passion and death today. This Station of the Cross may be used for personal prayer, especially in Holy Week. It may be used as a reflection for a public stations of the cross in a church on Good Friday.
If used in public, the usual prayer to begin the stations may be used:
||We adore you O Christ and we bless you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.|
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
We pray the stations in horror sometimes at the terrible suffering of Jesus; in amazement that this suffering was caused by other men and women; in solidarity with the men and women who suffered with him; and always in thanks for what he has done for us.
We pray the stations in horror sometimes at the terrible suffering of Jesus in his people today; in amazement that this suffering is being caused by others, and in solidarity with the millions who suffer hardship in life today; and in thanks for those who still give their lives for bettering and saving the lives of their fellowmen and women. >>start
Illustrations © Frances Biggs, 2002
Text © Donal Neary, 2002