Reflections on Stations of the Cross
During Lent 2020, Episcopal Migration Ministries offered an opportunity to journey the Stations of the Cross. A digital booklet and compilation of audio meditations is available for download.
On the Hometown podcast and EMM blog, we released individual written and audio reflections on each station of the cross. Our reflection authors represent a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds; each offers a poignant reflection on a Station and its relevance to migration and what it means to welcome the stranger as we would welcome Christ. Each reflection calls us back to our essential identity as beloved children of God and asks us to prayerfully reflect on the meaning of the Cross in a world being transformed by migration.
The ancient Christian practice of walking the Via Dolorosa or Via Crucis – the way of sorrows or way of the cross – invites pilgrims to prayerfully experience moments in Christ’s passion as they retrace his steps to Golgotha. In Jerusalem, pilgrims walk the world-worn steps of the Via Dolorosa until their journey concludes at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Around the world, in parishes and public spaces, and increasingly through the written word, we are all welcomed to walk the Way.
Indeed, the Way of the Cross calls us back to our own humanity by calling us deeper into relationship with Jesus. In relationship with Christ, we are not able to ignore the suffering of our fellow sisters and brothers. We are called to act.