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Stations of the Cross For us who grew up in the Protestant side of the Christian Church the Stations of the Cross may have been a foreign ritual. I had not heard of this devotional practice until I had read Thomas Merton’s autobiography The Seven Story Mountain when I was 20. A decade later, in Ogden Utah, local clergy were invited to an ecumenical Good Friday Stations, there I had my first exposure to the scripture, prayers, movement and reflection that make up the ancient practice of “The Stations.”

The Stations of the Cross, or the Way of the Cross, has been practiced in one form or another since the early centuries of the Church. Because a journey to Jerusalem to follow in the way of Jesus’ steps to the cross would have been prohibitive in those days for most Christian, The Stations of the Cross were created as a means to ritualize this devotion.

Years back we installed The Stations of the Cross on the walls of our parish church to continue this devotional practice, and as Lent begins on February 10th I want to invite you to participate (at least once) in walking The Stations. We walk The Stations of the Cross together, taking turns reading scriptures and prayers as they relate to a particular station. No one must take a leadership role, you can simply walk, listen and pray. In this temporary community of pilgrims we come face to face with the story of Jesus’ betrayal, abandonment and suffering. This is not a historical account only, it is meant to lead us in understanding how we, through reflecting on the life of our Lord, have sinned and been sinned against. And always the need of forgiveness to continue this earthly pilgrimage until our resurrection.

The Way of the Cross is a physical kind of practice, in that it requires just a bit of movement. However, there are ways to accommodate those who find this difficult.

Our Stations of the Cross will be held on Lenten Friday nights at 6pm beginning February 19. If there is a group that would prefer to meet in the day time that can be arranged, please let me know. Lent with all of its pancakes and ashes is about on the doorstep. There are several activities in Lent that help increase one’s faith, it is my hope you will make The Stations of the Cross a part of your Lenten devotional practice.

Peace,

Fr. David

 

Upcoming Events
February 7th
Souper Bowl Sunday

 February 9th
Shrove Tuesday 6pm

 February 10th
Ash Wednesday 8am, 1:30pm, 7pm

Annual Meeting and Pot Luck

January 31st—Only ONE Holy Eucharist at 10:30am

This is the annual gathering of the parish family; that is the 8am, 10:30am and 5pm congregations, to do the business of the church. We will elect vestry members, convention delegates and receive the budget. Equally important is the potluck and fellowship that takes place around the tables in the parish hall. Bring a dish to share, your own table service and come ready to catch up with old friends as well as meet new friends. If you would like to serve on vestry please speak with our wardens Jim Rudolph or Guy Shinn. If you would like to be a delegate to convention which will be November 11, 12 & 13 at the Red Lion in Pocatello, again speak with our wardens. There will be only one celebration of Holy Eucharist on this Sunday at 10:30. We will return to the normal schedule on February 7th.