Activities for an “active” approach to contemplating the Stations of the Cross in Lent
These activities relate to the 8 Stations that derive from biblical stories.
Anyone can learn from these, but they are especially good for fostering reflection with young people.
Whether you read the book Walk with Jesus or engage in a few of these activities, you are welcome to meet up with on Zoom each Wednesday during Lent at 7 PM to explore the Stations of the Cross with others.
Station I: Jesus is condemned to death
Pray for those who are incarcerated, and especially those who are on Death Row:
- Pray using this prayer on p. 826 in The Book of Common Prayer:
Lord Jesus, for our sake you were condemned as a criminal: Visit our jails and prisons with your pity and judgment. Remember all prisoners, and bring the guilty to repentance and amendment of life according to your will, and give them hope for their future. When any are held unjustly, bring them release; forgive us, and teach us to improve our justice. Remember those who work in these institutions; keep them humane and compassionate; and save them from becoming brutal or callous. And since what we do for those in prison,O Lord, we do for you, constrain us to improve their lot. All this we ask for your mercy’s sake. Amen.
- Consider becoming a Pen Pal with someone who is incarcerated through the Prisoner Correspondence Project. Please be sure to review “Expectations and Guidelines” on their website as you consider this commitment.
Station II: Jesus takes up his cross
- Make a set of Anglican prayer beads to use in daily prayer. (Click here for Vimeo video tutorial.)
- Take on the Lenten practice of the “daily examen” of prayerfully reviewing our day before bed. Find a version for kids HERE.
Station IV: The cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene
Sign up to join others receiving meals through the Wake Forest Community Meal program. Get dinner for your family and share that dinner at home, thinking of and praying or all the people in our Beloved Community in Wake Forest who have been on the journey of food insecurity for many years and in this time of pandemic. Sign Up required here. Limit 3 families per week.
Station VIII: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
- Listen and reflect on the song “Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem” by Poor Bishop Hooper. (Available through most music streaming services.)
- Watch and reflect on this 2 minute YouTube music/video reflection on Station VII.
Station X: Jesus is stripped of his garments
Search Google for images of people in the hospital with Covid or other life-threatening diseases.
Reflect on Jesus meeting us in moments of extreme vulnerability.
Station XI: Jesus is nailed to the cross
Make palm crosses (CLICK HERE for a video tutorial.) and pray the Collect for Good Friday as a family:
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Station XII: Jesus dies on the cross
- Walk our Lenten labyrinth at St. John’s Columbarium during our Wake Forest Community Covid Memorial, March 12 -14. Hours are posted on our website at www.stjohnswf.org.
- Visit the Columbarium at night to see the cross lit up, and pray for all who have died.
Station XIV: Jesus is laid in the tomb
Using one of the many apps or YouTube videos that is appropriate for your household, practice the meditation of Yoga nidra. Yoga nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage, typically induced by a guided meditation: