As Lent enters its last stages we move, in our Daily Devotions, to the Stations of the Cross. These devotions have fascinated artists for over 400 years as they trace the journey Jesus took from Pilate’s court to Golgotha. The accounts in the Gospels are supplemented with pious legend and so we reflect on Jesus’ meeting His Mother, Veronica wiping his face and falling three times in addition to the aspects of the story we’re more familiar with. Most Catholic Churches and many Anglican or Episcopalian churches have the Stations up around the walls, many artists have created their own. This year we will be aided in our reflections with the art of Fr Sieger Koeder – a German Jesuit priest and artist. His Stations are stunning and I hope they, along with the Biblical readings and reflections will aid us on our final two weeks of Lent.
An additional opportunity for worship during Holy Week will include an audio visual version of the Stations – clips from Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, mixed with classical music and reflections all bound together in one video and broadcast via YouTube will be made available on Wednesday in Holy Week. I will email you about this nearer the time.
I hope you are keeping well and your spirits are good in the midst of the difficult times we are living through.
with every good wish
Andy Braunston Coordinator, Daily Devotions from the URC Project