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Traditionally, the ‘STATIONS OF THE CROSS’ are a Lenten devotion and I came to love them quite late in life. I now possess many different versions from writers I admire. How can you forget the title, ‘Christ Died in Notting Hill’ by Fr Michael Hollings? He never failed to draw from the great ‘Via Dolorosa’ tradition (still made on pilgrimage through the streets of Jerusalem today) and make them his own.
I also think of a more recent compilation by sixth-formers who wanted to highlight each ‘stop’ with the plight of refugees across the world. Their plight is even greater now, especially if they are treated as ‘lepers’ and sent back across dangerous seas, out of sight and out of mind.
St Dunstan’s 12 Stations of the Cross (with the 13th sculpture of The Resurrection in the centre of the nave) honestly invite journeying and prayer at every time of year, because we never know where the next place of passion and sorrow may meet and meld.
The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic is just such a source for our prayer and contemplation. And with our Churches now closed, we have to imagine our allotted hour’s walk from Mayfield to Five Ashes, stopping each time outside places and buildings we know well. Forgive me if the ‘Stations’ I have written (please go to ‘Services’….) are a little rough around the edges; but I offer them as the beginnings of a journey with the suffering Christ who walks alongside us, day and night, and who has already been to the Cross before us – which is why we can say at each stop: ‘We adore you O Christ and we bless you, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.’
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Updated: 1st April 2020