STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN LENT The 40-day season of Lent, a time when the church focuses on "the need all Christians have to renew their repentance and faith” (BCP p. 265) has a communal shape this year at Emmanuel. As part of this, we invite you to walk the way of the Cross every Friday in Lent at 12:15. This meditative service guides us through the steps leading up to Jesus' crucifixion and lasts about 30 minutes.
Experiencing the Stations of the Cross is a powerful way to contemplate and enter into the mystery of Jesus' gift of himself to us. At each station we use our senses and imagination to reflect prayerfully on Jesus’ love for us, and to experience visual art images depicting his suffering and death on the Cross. Enter through the red chapel door on University Ave.
From the earliest of days, followers of Jesus told the story of his passion, death and resurrection. When pilgrims came to see Jerusalem, they longed to see the sites where Jesus was. Eventually, following in the footsteps of the Lord, along the path where he carried his cross, became a part of the pilgrimage visit. The Stations, as we know them today, came about when it was no longer easy or even possible to visit the holy sites. In the 1500's, villages all over Europe started creating "replicas" of the way of the cross, with small shrines commemorating the places along the route in Jerusalem. Today Emmanuel offers you this experience at the corner of State and University. Come and see!