Lent is a beautiful time to let go of our selves and truly enter into the Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. What better way to enter into this time then to reflect on the Stations of the Cross? A few editions ago we had an article about How To Dive Into The Stations. These two articles are meant to be used together and are a great resource for Lent! The Office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry will be uploading the stations to our various social medias pages throughout Lent. Every three days we will add to the Stations until Holy Week where we will upload more about Holy Week then. If you haven't followed us on our social medias they will be linked below!
Going through the Stations can sometimes feel like a story being told over and over again that has nothing to do with us. Which couldn't be further from the truth! The Stations are a huge part of Salvation History, for teenagers though that can mean something or nothing. The different stations not only show us what Jesus went through but it helps us reflect on similar struggles we have. Jesus is the perfect example on how we should live our lives. Finding the right version of Stations of the Cross for yourself, your young people, your smaller people, your parish as a whole is important. Not all Stations of the Cross are the exact same. Below we have added a number of Stations of the Cross options.
Reflective Stations of the Cross: This SoC (Stations of the Cross) is a great reflective piece on our lives and how we can relate to the suffering of the Cross. However this version of the SoC can be a little overwhelming as it is longer and rather deep. Would be good to use one daily with teens instead of all 14 in one sitting.
Teens Stations of the Cross: This SoC is meant for high schoolers, it does a great job of putting the teens in each station. This version does not reflect on our daily lives as much as it reflects on our sins and how we are sinner but Christ sacrifices His everything for us, even though we are the nails and the cross.
Stations of the Cross Activity: This activity would be good for 5th-10th Grades, It puts the kids in the action, it makes the story more active than passive. Because the students are acting out each station some framing would have to be done in order to keep it reverent however could easily be done by reading the 13th Station to bring the gravity into the activity.
Mary's Way Stations of the Cross: This SoC is one of my personal favorites. This version is from Mary's perspective during the description of the events and the prayers are asking Christ to help us become more like His beautiful mother. This version is very moving and has a lot to offer all age groups.
Bishop Barron Stations of the Cross: This SoC is a bit longer than most you might be using. However Bishop Barron does a fantastic job explaining and explaining how SoC fit beautifully into Salvation History and how the everything that happens in the SoC fulfills many of the Old Testament prophecies. This video is about an hour long. Taking it in, in chunks would be best. There is also beautiful art going along with the stations. Station 1- 0:00 Jesus is Condemned to Death Station 8- 24:39 Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem Station 2- 4:08 Jesus Takes His Cross Station 9- 29:16 Jesus Falls for the Third Time Station 3- 8:12 Jesus Falls for the First Time Station 10- 33:19 Jesus is Stripped of His Clothes Station 4- 10:56 Jesus Meets His Mother Station 11- 37:26 Jesus is Nailed to the Cross Station 5- 14:19 Simon if Cyrene Helps Carry the Cross Station 12- 41:48 Jesus Dies on the Cross Station 6- 17:36 Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus Station 13- 46:22 Jesus is Taken Down From the Cross Station 7- 24:03 Jesus Falls for the Second Time Station 14- 50:12 Jesus is Placed in the Tomb