What are the Stations of the Cross?
Historically, followers of Jesus would visit Jerusalem to see the actual sites of His passion, death and resurrection. The stations, as we know them today, originated in medieval Europe when wars prevented Christian pilgrims from visiting the Holy Land, so the faithful installed sculptures depicting the scenes of Christ’s journey from Pilate’s judgment hall to the crucifixion site at Calvary in their home parish. Performing the devotion meant walking the route, stopping to mediate at each “station”.
Aren’t the Stations of the Cross a Catholic program?
Although Catholic churches have some representation of the Stations displayed in their sanctuary, more and more protestant denominations are finding how powerful this meditation can be, especially during Holy Week before Easter. Wellspring has faithfully hosted the Stations since 2004.
What can I expect at the Stations of the Cross at Wellspring UMC?
This Stations of the Cross is a bit different than Stations you may have done in the past or heard about. It is not a group following a leader. This is a self-guided devotion where you move around 14 stations at your own pace, in a private and intimate manner. Stations are indoors and each is presented in its own room to allow for personal introspection.
What do I do at each Station?
Your time at each Station involves a scripture reading, a narrative, an interactive (hands-on) meditation and prayer.
Are Stations of the Cross offered at a scheduled time?
No. The Stations are set up so you can start whenever you arrive – anytime between 12-7pm. Most guests take between 45-60 minutes to complete, but some folks stay longer. It is best not to rush through your experience.
May I bring my children?
Many of the Stations are interactive so the devotion is appropriate for older children. However, it does require you to talk with them quietly about their experience due to the intense subject matter. Child care is not provided so please keep your children with you and quiet for a peaceful environment.
Comments from those who have experienced the Stations…
“Everything I heard it would be. I’m so glad to have this experience to more closely feel the events of that dreadful day. Thank you.”
“I arrived today feeling anxious because of the way my day had gone. After the journey through the Stations, I am leaving feeling peace. Thank you! Another wonderful experience.”
“Thank you for the opportunity – saw your sign and stopped in on the way home from work. An unexpectedly profound blessing for sure!”
“This has been an amazing/powerful experience. I didn’t imagine the depth of feeling – I am exhausted and heartbroken. Thank you!”
“For anyone who wants to know what it means to be a Christian, this is the perfect journey. May we have the faith to live up to the call. May it be so.”