Traditionally, many Pax Christi USA local groups plan and stage a “Way of the Cross” event on Good Friday, connecting the sufferings of Christ during his passion with the suffering of our brothers and sisters at the hands of violence, greed, poverty, sickness and war. Below are resources for groups interested in undertaking a Way of the Cross in their community on Good Friday. Also please let us know if you have a Way of the Cross planned in your community. We will list below the names of groups, with contact information, which will be staging a Way of the Cross this year.
Good Friday Way of the Cross Resources
- Electronic version of “Stations of the Cross” by Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Megan McKenna, available for immediate purchase and download
- PC-Metro New York has been doing a Way of the Cross for over 30 years. For information on how to do a Way of the Cross, contact PC-MNY’s Rosemarie Pace at email@example.com
- Stations of the Cross for the Year of Mercy
- From the Gainesville Catholic Worker/PC-Gainesville, Way of the Cross template and script from 2009 (MSWord, free download)
- An Earth Day Eco Stations of the Cross (MSWord, free download)
- The Stations of Justice (MSWord, free download)
- The Stations of the Cross with John Paul II: On the path of ecological conversion (MSWord, free download)
- Stations in a Time of Terror from the Hartford Catholic Worker
- Gateway to Resurrection by Joan Chittister (Spanish)
- Good Friday Peace Walk, Table of Many Breads (Last Supper Service), and Easter Morning Service in Our Prayers Rise Like Incense: Liturgies for Peace
Good Friday Way of the Cross Events and Other Observances, 2016
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
- WASHINGTON, D.C.: Holy Thursday and Good Friday Faith and Resistance Retreat and Witness, March 24 @ 1:30 PM through Good Friday, March 25, 2016 @ 1:00 PM. As we enter into Holy Week to commemorate the Last Supper, arrest, torture, trial and crucifixion of Jesus, please join in a time of prayer, community building and acts of nonviolent resistance focusing on the theme: “PUT AWAY THE SWORD” (Matthew: 26:52). We will also be remembering in a special way Archbishop Oscar Romero, as March 24th marks the 36th anniversary of his martyrdom. St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church (Auditorium), 1525 Newton St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20010 (corner of 16th St. and Newton). Overnight hospitality provided. This retreat/witness is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- WASHINGTON, D.C.: For over 20 years, we have gathered on Good Friday to commemorate the passion of Christ through a Way of the Cross among D.C. institutions. The observance of Christ’s passion is an opportunity to reflect on the ways we have broken our covenant with God at the expense of other persons and creation. In the suffering of the earth and its creatures, we have crucified Divinity in our midst. At each station we will focus on a different economic or ecological challenge or sign of hope for our times. Persons of all faiths are welcome.The procession normally takes a little over two hours. Please join us for this moving and prayerful event! Friday, March 25 at 12 PM at Constitution Ave. & 1st St., NW. For more info go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1236783199682668/
- ATLANTA: The Archdiocese of Atlanta is again sponsoring the urban stations of the cross. Pax Christi members in the Atlanta area will once again be participating in these stations. Here is the information:
- AUGUSTA: March 25, 2016; 10:00 a.m. Gather at Burns Memorial United Methodist Church, 2372 Lumpkin Road. Walk is about 1½ miles, stopping at Ascension Lutheran and Hillcrest Baptist Churches and ending at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2607 Lumpkin Rd. 12 Noon Conclude with Stations of the Cross (Optional). Transportation will be provided for those unable to make the walk.
Call the Alleluia Community office at 706-798-1882 with any questions.
- INDIANAPOLIS: Way of the Cross on Good Friday around the downtown Monument Circle.
- BALTIMORE: Pax Christi Baltimore will present its 30th annual outdoor Station of the Cross for Justice and Peace in downtown Baltimore. The Stations procession will start at Noon at City Hall, and the procession will stop at various sites in the downtown area. A mini-prayer service will be held at each site, linking it to a traditional Station of the Cross. Among the issues the procession will highlight and pray about are: death penalty, health care, human trafficking, genocide, homelessness, and wars around the world. The procession will take two hours, returning to City Hall.
- ADRIAN: Good Friday Walk of Compassion, Adrian, Michigan, March 25th 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Sponsored by the Lenawee Interfaith Alliance and the Adrian Dominican Sisters. For more than 20 years people of faith have walked the streets of Adrian, Michigan on Good Friday to show our solidarity with people in need. We read the story of Jesus’s suffering and cru cifixion, meditate on the meaning of his Passion in today’s world and pray for guidance and wisdom in reaching out to others. May our prayers knit us together in love and commitment. May our meditations bring into clearer focus great needs that beg to be addressed with God’s creativity and justice. May our steps reflect the ways in which we are called to walk in compassion with our brothers and sisters in our community and throughout the world.
- ROCHESTER: Way of the Cross for Justice, March 25, 7:00-8:00pm. Preregistration required by March 20. The Way of the Cross for Justice invites us to join together in order to nonviolently resist the injustices of our times: wars, torture, imprisonment, immigration, homelessness, poverty, lack of health care, hunger, food distribution and lack of human rights. Come spend an hour recalling Jesus’ road to Calvary and unite with the justice struggles of our day. Location: Assisi Heights Spirituality Center. Questions contact Kay Anderson BSN CCRN CSC at 507-286-9355 or email@example.com
- KANSAS CITY: March 25th at 2pm we will take part in the Good Friday Way of the Cross: Kansas City’s annual reflection on the modern-day suffering of the Body of Christ. Holy Family Catholic Worker House will be hosting this year’s Good Friday Way of the Cross procession through downtown Kansas City. Join us in this annual tradition as we keep vigil with Jesus and the suffering people of our city this Good Friday. We will walk prayerfully through the downtown area, pausing at a number of significant sites to reflect on the Passion of Jesus and injustice in our contemporary society. The walk begins and ends at Ilus Davis Park (11th & Oak).
- NEWARK: Once again, the Newark Archdiocesan Immigration Task Force, with NJ Pax Christi, Faith NJ, First Friends of NJ & NY& Wind of the Spirit will be sponsoring a Way of the Cross for Immigrant Justice and For All, beginning at 10:00 am at the Immigrant Building, 970 Broad St., Newark and ending by 1:00 pm at the Basilica Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
- NEW YORK CITY: Visit http://www.nypaxchristi.org/events.html for details.
- HARRISBURG: Pax Christi Harrisburg will hold its annual Interfaith Walking Way of the Cross in downtown Harrisburg on Good Friday, March 25 at 10 a.m. Participants gather at 9:45 a.m. at Front & Market Streets (Dauphin County Courthouse). This event connects Jesus’ journey to the cross with current issues of peace and justice. The walk lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours, will occur rain or shine and ends at Front & State Streets. For more information, cal 717-439-6896.
- KING OF PRUSSIA: Brandywine Peace Committee’s Stations of the Cross at the Lockheed Martin facility in King of Prussia,PA., the largest manufacturer of weapons
In the world today.
- PITTSBURGH AREA: Pittsburgh Area Pax Christi Stations of the Cross in Wilkinsburg on March 25, 2016 at 10 am
- HOUSTON: Pax Christi Houston is sponsoring its annual Walk for Justice at noon on March 25 in downtown Houston. It is at City Hall’s Hermann Square.For questions or more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- RICHMOND: Good Friday Stations on Church Hill – On March 25, Good Friday, Christians from our city will once again gather for prayer on the streets of Church Hill. As we remember the events that led to Jesus’ suffering and death, we also remember his life and ministry. We will pray for our city and our world, that we might follow Jesus’ way of forgiveness and nonviolence. Our theme this year is “A Year of Mercy – The Beatitudes” The walk covers 2 1/2 miles, starting at Patrick Henry Park (24th and Broad) at 11:45 am, and ending across the street in the graveyard at St. John’s Church by 3 pm. We invite everyone to join us for all or part of our prayer. For more information, contact Holy Rosary Church, 222-1105.
- MADISON: Good Friday Walk for Justice and Mercy to be held in Madison. On Friday, March 25, all will gather at 4:30 p.m. at Cathedral Place, near the corner of West Washington Ave. and S. Henry St., to commence a one-hour, one-mile loop walk to 10 locations, including the Dane County Jail and the State Capitol.
Send a brief description of your event to email@example.com and we’ll post it here. Last year we had over 25 groups host, plan, or participate in a Way of the Cross prayer and/or action.