Saturday, March 26, 2016

Our Living Stations of the Cross: Good Friday 2016



 “The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 
and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name.
 (Luke 24:46-47)

Our parish's Good Friday Stations of the Cross.....:
Wow.
The youth of the parish present the living stations and every  year it is
truly remarkable. 
SO so powerful to bear witness to kids ringing to life the Lord's passion.
So moving. So real.
This year, my son was given the honor of portraying Jesus ...
and........was he ever thrilled and humbled.
I honestly was moved to tears thinking about how truly
deserving this boy is to be granted such a privilege.
And while I sat with the rest of the family and our friends and parish 
community, I was again moved to tears a few times 
during the fourteen stations.
Between the 12th and 13th station, 
our church bells tolled, the actors were still.....
I was moved and it was clear so, too, every person 
in the congregation was  touched.
How could we not be?
Here's a glimpse of each station 
(With whatever picture or video is was able to obtain!)
The kids presented a tableau of each along with narration and a reflection.
I'm so happy to share with you the memory, the appreciation and the honor.....


1. Jesus Is Condemned to Death
Pontius Pilate condemns Jesus to death.




2. Jesus Takes Up His Cross.
Jesus willingly accepts and patiently bears his cross.


3. Jesus Falls the First Time. 
Weakened by torments and by loss of blood, Jesus falls beneath his cross.



4. Jesus Meets His Sorrowful Mother. 
Jesus meets his mother, Mary, who is filled with grief.


5. Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry the Cross. 
Soldiers force Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross.



6. Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus. 
Veronica steps through the crowd to wipe the face of Jesus.




7. Jesus Falls a Second Time. 
Jesus falls beneath the weight of the cross a second time.




8. Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem. 
Jesus tells the women to weep not for him but for themselves and for their children.




9. Jesus Falls the Third Time. 
Weakened almost to the point of death, Jesus falls a third time.





10. Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments.
The soldiers strip Jesus of his garments, treating him as a common criminal.







11. Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross. 
Jesus’ hands and feet are nailed to the cross.




12. Jesus Dies on the Cross. 
After suffering greatly on the cross, Jesus bows his head and dies.
















13. Jesus Is Taken Down From the Cross. 
The lifeless body of Jesus is tenderly placed in the arms of Mary, his mother.





14. 
Jesus Is Laid in the Tomb. 






Do not abandon yourselves to despair. 
We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. 
Pope John Paul II




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~Chris


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4 comments:

  1. They look like they told the story good Chris. Happy Easter..

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    1. Thanks so much Claire!

      And thanks for the visit, my friend! xoxoxo
      Happy Easter!

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  2. What a beautiful Easter tradition! The youth at the Presbyterian church I attended as a child always re-told the Christmas story, and I have great memories of that time.

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  3. I have to admit, I would be sobbing if that was my son, Chris! I can completely understand your continued tears throughout this touching and important performance. It looks like he did a fantastic job in his portrayal. What a role of a lifetime :). I know you must be very proud of your little man. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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