Each Friday during Lent, many Catholic churches invite the faithful to attend the Stations of the Cross – to pray through 14 key events on the day of Christ’s crucifixion as a way to “walk with our Lord” on his way to Golgotha.
This beautiful devotion is also called “The Way of the Cross” and the “Via Dolorosa” and served as an inspiration for the heart-wrenching movie, The Passion of the Christ.
Attending the Stations of the Cross at church is a great way to reflect on Christ’s Passion and help us grow closer to Him.
An additional way to pray the Stations of the Cross is to pray it in your home as a family. (A friend, Janette, shared this idea with me many years ago and we have continued to do this every Lent. Thank you, Janette!)
First, get Stations of the Cross pictures. I ordered these Stations of the Cross images from Leaflet Online:
This particular set was made in Italy and the art is gorgeous. (There are many sets out there to purchase, or your children can make their own).
I suggest keeping them in page protectors in a three-ring binder. Then when you’re ready to use them, simply take them out of the binder.
Next, hang the pictures with paper clips or clothes pins around your house. We start at one end of our living room and pin them up on our blinds very carefully. When done, all 14 Stations of the Cross are hanging in the living room, dining room, and library.
Finally, wait until the sun goes down, and then turn off the lights and take out a flashlight!
The children can take turns shining the light on each station as they pray and walk their own little Via Dolorosa — the road Jesus walked as he carried His cross to Golgotha.
My children absolutely love praying the Stations of the Cross in this way. On Ash Wednesday, my son excitedly asked if we could pray the Stations of the Cross soon … and if he could be the first one to hold the flashlight!
This is easy to do, and children of all ages LOVE it — and are excited to walk with Jesus in this way.
There are different ways to pray the Stations of the Cross. Two books I recommend when praying the Stations at home are:
Stations of the Cross, by Father Lovasik (for younger children):
Step By Step To Calvary: Praying Through The Stations Of The Cross, by Angela M. Burrin (for older children):
Hope you are having a holy Lent!