Lenten Practices with St. John’s

One Parish, One Book for Lent
“Walk with Jesus: The Stations of the Cross” by Henri Nouwen

From the back cover: This book of meditations by Henri Nouwen, inspired by a series of drawings by Sr. Helen David, represents traditional Stations of the Cross through the passion and suffering of the world’s poor.  A political prisoner behind bars, a peasant burdened by a load of wood, an abandoned child, a mother grieving for her murdered son, an exhausted farmer, four martyred churchwomen …. In these images Nouwen sees the on going passion of Christ.

Walk with Jesus is a short, approachable, yet profound book of reflections on each of the fourteen Stations of the Cross. We’ll gather by Zoom each Wednesday evening during Lent to reflect together on Nouwen’s insights on walking with Jesus through Lent, and our own. Purchase the book through your favorite bookseller. If you purchase through Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, they often will give a 20% discount for book groups when possible. Mention that you are part of the book group at St. John’s when you order and ask if they can apply the book group discount.

Extension Activities (especially good for children, youth & young families)

Click here to find a list of “Extension Activities” that you may use to engage the Stations of the Cross ina more active way that is especially appropriate for children, youth, and their families.

Lenten Art Project: The Stations of the Cross

Several of our parish artists will be creating original works of art as they reflect on Nouwen’s Walk with Jesus and contemplate the Stations of the Cross. Our plan is to display these artworks at St. John’s during Holy Week.

One of these artworks will be a collage made with images contributed by parishioners as we reflect on the past and present meaning of Station VIII: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem. Watch this space and our weekly eNews for details on how to participate!

Commissioned Artists:

Station I: Jesus is condemned to death — Sawyer O’Donnell

Station II: Jesus takes up his cross — Suzi Hetzel

Station V: Simon helps Jesus carry his cross — Denise Munz

Station VIII: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem — Louisa Avery, collaboratively with the parish

Station X: Jesus is stripped of his garments — Donna King

Station XI: Jesus is nailed to the cross — Mynn Paige

Station XII: Jesus dies on the cross — Sydney Closson

Station XIV: Jesus is laid in the tomb — Kevin O’Donnell

Lent @ Home Bags for Children

Families with school-aged children at home are invited to stop by St. John’s over the weekend of February 12,13, & 14 to pick up a “Lent @ Home” bag which will include a special candle and prayer to use in Lenten family prayers at home. That weekend we also are collecting pancake mix and syrup to share with friends in North East Wake Forest through our Community Meals program. So bring your donations to church that weekend and pick up a Lent @ Home bag at the same time!

Lenten “mite boxes” will be included in the Lent @ Home bags. Children are asked to collect coins throughout Lent and will decide together during Godly Play where they would like to give their Lenten offering this year.

Wednesday Night Holy Conversations  

We’ll gather by Zoom each Wednesday evening during Lent to reflect together on Nouwen’s insights about walking with Jesus through Lent, and our own. We’ll focus on the Stations that are derived from the gospel accounts of Jesus’ passion listed below, and we’ll conclude each evening with Compline (night prayers).

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Wed, Feb 24 @ 7 PM

Station I: Jesus is condemned to death & Station II: Jesus carries his cross

Wed, Mar 3 @ 7 PM

Station V: Simon helps Jesus carry his cross

Wed, Mar 10 @ 7 PM

Station VIII: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

Wed, Mar 17 @ 7 PM

Station X: Jesus is stripped of his garments

Wed, Mar 24 @ 7 PM

Station XI: Jesus is nailed to the cross & Station XII: Jesus dies on the cross

Wed, Mar 31 @ 7 PM

Station XIV: Jesus is laid in the tomb

Walk the Lenten Labyrinth at St. John’s

As Lent begins, parishioner Dave Roberts will mark the lines of a labyrinth in the circular grass area in St. John’s Columbarium. The labyrinth is available for walking prayer daily throughout the Lenten season. An optional prayer guide is provided. Please limit labyrinth walkers to two people at any given time unless all are from the same household, and masks must be worn at all times. All are welcome.

Sunday, March 28 – The Liturgy of the Palms/Passion Sunday

This service begins in praise and ends in reflective silence, re‑tracing the arc from Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem through his suffering and death on the cross.

Thursday, April 1 – Maundy Thursday

On Maundy Thursday we remember the Last Supper from which comes our practice of Holy Communion and Jesus’s Commandment to love one another.

Friday, April 2 – Good Friday Stations of the Cross

On Good Friday we remember how Jesus poured himself out for us through his death on the cross with worship centered on the Stations of the Cross.

Sunday, April 4 – Easter Sunday