Come to the Pilgrim grounds for a meditative and visual engagement with the last day of Jesus' life before he was murdered on the Cross.
FRIDAY, APRIL 7
8 AM-10:15 AM Stations
NOTE: OUTDOORS (dress accordingly)
10:30 AM Service
6075 Inverness Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The Stations of the Cross began as a remembrance that pilgrims had when they were
retracing Jesus’ finals steps in Jerusalem up to the hill where He was crucified. Wanting
to share that practice and experience with people who couldn’t make the trip to
Jerusalem, they created local stations of meditation that became in itself a tradition. You
can find this tradition on the inside of many churches still today.
This journey to the cross is not only a meditation of Jesus accomplishing what He came
to do - the redemption of humanity through His own willful sacrifice - but it’s also a
contemplation of Jesus silently participating in some of the worst aspects of being
human. We see Him being tempted to give up. Being betrayed by a friend. Being
convicted in an unjust political system. Physical pain. Mockery. Public humiliation.
Broken family relationships. And one of our greatest fears... having to die. These are
all aspects of human life that He was not insulated from. In fact on the cross He quotes
King David saying “My God My God, Why have you forsaken me?”... as if to say ”Why
is it like this?” He was one who was not separate from our own suffering.
Many of us feel the weight of anxiety and fear as we journey through the current world.
We are told many narratives of how it is and what is to come. During this season of
Lent, we as a community look to the life and teachings of Jesus. We think that One who
was in the midst of such political and empirical turmoil, who spoke the words of “Be not
afraid”... and “Come to me all you are weary and carrying a heavy load, for I will give
you rest”... is someone who can illuminate our desperate viewpoint.
These stations are a cross-section of elements, ideas, and objects from Jesus’ journey
to the cross. As you work through these stations, may you see the that we are not
troubled guests in this world... that we are not forsaken... and that the good news of
this season was expressed best by Jesus when He said...
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will
have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”