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Parish of Kidlington with Hampton Poyle

Parish of Kidlington
with Hampton Poyle

Wednesday of Holy Week





Stations of the Cross

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Martin writes:

The fourteen stations commemorate events (some Biblical, some traditional) from the last day Jesus had before he was buried. The stations act as a mini pilgrimage, with an opportunity to recall and meditate on each event in turn. If you have not experienced this before we would usually have the fourteen images hang around the church. The party would move from one station to the next with a repeating pattern of prayer, beginning with the response:

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

There is then a brief description of the action portrayed in the image, followed by some prayers. And each station concludes with

Holy God,
holy and strong,
holy and immortal,
have mercy upon us.
Then we move to the next station.

If you print this booklet you can have the relevant image opposite the words for each station. Or you maybe able to view it on your screen. You can follow the booklet on your own, or with others in your household if you have that opportunity. My recommendation is to take it slowly. Imagine you are moving from station to station, pausing before and after the words. Take time to reflect on the image. The clergy would usually genuflect when arriving at each station. The images are by Frere Sylvain who is a member of the Taizé community.