We began with a prayer:
Jesus, our friend and brother, as we walk with You
along the Way of the Cross, we look within.
Like the people You met along the way,
we can act with great love and hope.
Also like them, we can act from fear,
selfishness and despair.
Let us open ourselves to the journey,
taking courage from the compassionate.
We walked with Jesus through the fourteen Stations of the Cross. The narrator began with the words, “We love you, Christ Jesus, and we bless you,” and everyone finished the statement, “Because by your life and death you have shown us how to live.”
As we walked with Jesus along the Way, we witnessed, we prayed and we sang. We watched the individual encounters with Jesus, defending their actions and reflecting on how they were changed by the experience. It was a very moving experience for all.
Each of the Stations ended with a prayer; prayers that we can reflect on during Holy Week and beyond.
The First Station: Jesus Prays in the Garden of Olives
Jesus, when you prayed in the garden, you must have felt so alone. Let us feel the suffering of others and help to comfort them.
The Second Station: Jesus is Betrayed by Judas and Arrested
You were not a warrior king, but a gentle messenger of love. Help us keep faithful to your idea of a peaceful and just kingdom.
The Third Station: Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin
You suffered injustice at the hands of the powerful. Let us find the strength to fight for justice in our world.
The Fourth Station: Jesus is Denied by Peter
Though Peter denied you out of fear, he remained your beloved disciple. We live in the light of your generous love, you who never leave us even when we fall.
The Fifth Station: Jesus is Judged by Pilate
How often do we hear the voice of God and turn away? Let us find the courage and faith to listen to God’s word in our lives.
The Sixth Station: Jesus is Crowned with Thorns and Scourged
Veronica reached out to you with love with no fear for herself. Let us find the kindness and courage to help those we call our enemies.
The Seventh Station: Jesus Takes Up the Cross
The crowd spoke and another was set free while you were condemned to die. Let us stand up for what is right even when we stand alone.
The Eighth Station: Jesus is Helped by Simon of Cyrene
Simon picked up your cross with anger, but came to bear is with joy. Help us carry our burdens with light hearts and share other’s burdens with love.
The Ninth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
In your time of greatest suffering, you saw another’s pain and reached out with love. Let us learn true compassion for the suffering of ourselves and others.
The Tenth Station: Jesus is Crucified
Help us make the choice to love, even when it is not popular. Let us see your face in each person we meet, especially the mistreated and lonely.
The Eleventh Station: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief
You forgave those who tormented you and invited the thief to be with you always. Help us forgive those who hurt us, and find hope in the salvation of your merciful love.
The Twelfth Station: Jesus Speaks to His Mother
Mary, mother of Jesus, when you said yes to the angel’s light, you became mother to us all. Like you, help us always be ready to hear God’s word and act with love.
The Thirteenth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross
The Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb
(Sung) Don’t be afraid, my love is stronger, my love is stronger than your fear. Don’t be afraid, my love is stronger and I have promised, promised to be always near.
We ended with a prayer:
We have come to a moment of great sadness. Jesus our teacher, our brother, our light, is gone. We are left with your promise: Love is stronger than death. We listen for your voice, trust in your word and wait with undying love for your promise to be fulfilled.
A heartfelt thank-you to the excellent cast:
Narrator: Donelle Poling
Jesus: Rich Ryan
Peter: Richard Dodson
Judas: Ananda Cordova Stuart
Caiaphas: Michael Reinbold
Veronica: Emma Campbell
Simon: Marc Bromaghim-Oropeza
Child: Daniluz Cespedes-Schueller
Solder: Tom Sonnek
Dismas: Chris Sonnek
Mary: Kelley Deshler
Mary Magdalene: Jeanne Ford
Musicians: Jordan Hedlund, Anna Vagle, Fred Vagle
Adapted and Directed by Gabrielle Dane