Living (Room) Stations of the Cross

29 Feb

Many of us may be familiar with “living” Stations of the Cross, in which actors (often high school students or members of the youth group) dramatically reenact Our Lord’s Passion. This can be a very powerful experience for all involved. I also recall the Passion Plays performed by Doug Barry with RADIX, which has come to so parishes around the country.

In addition, during Lent we are accustomed to the Stations of the Cross devotions that typically take place on Friday evenings in our parishes. These celebrations take place all over the world, culminating in the Holy Father’s celebration of the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.

I’d like to suggest another manner of celebrating the Stations of the Cross, which we do as a family in our own home, or “domestic Church.”

During Lent, we strategically place pictures that depict the 14 Stations of the Cross around our house. Over time and with practice we have figured out the best places to put them. On Fridays during Lent, often with another family joining us, we will have our meatless soup and bread dinner followed by the Stations of the Cross in our home, during which all of us process from one station to the next.

We have collected different Stations of the Cross prayerbooks over the years and have settled on the ones that seem to work best for us and allow for the active engagement of our children. (Click here for more resources on praying the Stations of the Cross with children.)

I’m all for larger celebrations of the Stations of the Cross, but after a busy week of work and school it’s nice to be able to stay home and pray the Stations in a more intimate setting. Plus, it is one further, tangible way to teach our kids that the Christian life isn’t just about what goes on over at the church building. Rather, our own “way of the Cross” is lived each day in the world–and in our homes.

“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).


2 Responses to “Living (Room) Stations of the Cross”

  1. Nicole March 4, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    It’s odd that you should mention Radix. 🙂 I saw one of the talks given by Mr. Barry when I was twelve years old (that’s fifteen or so years ago now) and living in Michigan. His rendition of the Passion of Christ was very moving. He was the first person that introduced me to an objective moral standard which included any sort of standard of modesty as taught by the Catholic Church. I know that notion of a standard of modesty really upset one of my CCD teachers and she ended up leaving the conference.

    Anyway, it is very encouraging the way you suggest that parents not live a dualism with their children and actually take the notion of the “domestic church” to heart and live it. I do enjoy to see your suggestions in this respect.

    • Leon Suprenant March 5, 2012 at 5:03 am #

      Thanks for the feedback, Nicole. Mr. Barry’s keyboardist was likely Eric Genuis, who is the godfather of my son Samuel and an incredible musician in his own right. This past week, with everyone sick, our Lenten Friday looked a little different! This Friday we should be back on track with the family Stations . . .

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