Church of England Diocese of York St. Hilda York

Stations of the Cross for Good Friday

A traditional way of reflecting on the death and resurrection of Jesus is to walk the stations of the cross.   This tradition is based on walking the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, following the route that Jesus was thought to have walked carrying his cross to the hill where he was crucified.  Most of us do not have the opportunity to do this, so instead, many churches walk a route around their local area, thinking about the events of Good Friday.  This year, our walk of witness on Good Friday is having to be cancelled, so instead, we have set up our Community Garden as a place of prayer, with a contemporary set of the stations of the cross, from paintings by Jenny Hawke, set at safe intervals along the fence so people can walk the route as individuals or household groups.

We encourage you to use these stations as a way of praying.  For those of you who are unable to leave your homes, I have attached a set of these stations, with reflections for you to download and use.  There are eight stations, so you can start on Palm Sunday and finish on Good Friday if you like, or alternatively, why not use the time on Good Friday when you'd normally be in church to spend some time in reflection?

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