THEN… Jesus lived on this earth and walked the streets of Jerusalem as well as many nearby towns. After His crucifixion, many faithful people began to visit the places of His last journey to remember how much Jesus loved us. The people would walk the street and stop at certain places…to think and to pray…then continue walking. Over the years from what we find in the Gospels, 14 stations developed, remembering the events from Jesus’ arrest… to his death and burial.
NOW, Here at St. Brigid Parish… We are blessed with many ways to continue this popular Lenten tradition. Praying the Way of the Cross can be as short as 15 minutes, or as long as you wish to spend time in prayer and meditation. Please take time this Lent to remember, step by step, the sacrifice that Jesus made for each one of us.
Deacons lead us in prayer each Friday of Lent. At Our Lady of Humility, the 3pm prayer service takes place in the Church, where the beautiful stained glass windows tell the story of the Passion. At 7pm, the people gather in the St. Patrick Historic Church, where we have the traditional large and easy to see paintings that illustrate the sacrificial suffering of our Lord.
Self-guided Stations located outdoors. OLH has a wonderful brick path leading to the Marian Grotto on the west side of the Church. The stations line the walkway, and prayer booklets are located in a Plexiglas container as you begin. At St. Pat’s, enjoy a natural woodland experience with a newly refurbished gravel path thanks to an Eagle Scout project. Also a huge thank you to Maryann and Rich Brinkman, who last week responded to a casual comment, quickly giving of their time, talent, and treasure (materials) to create cedar plaques and mount them to the Stations so the prayers are durable and accessible to all.
Virtual. Did you know we also have digital versions available for your use? There is a booklet that can be read online, as well as a coloring book that can be downloaded for the younger children. The popular “family” version that was prayed at St. Patrick before the pandemic is also available as a video and pdf file. And there is a link to the USCCB for a variety of other prayers for the Way of the Cross. Find it all at
A pilgrimage to the Shrine of Christ’s Passion in St. John, Indiana. The coach-style bus is reserved, and we are taking a parish field trip on Friday, March 31 to experience the half mile winding Prayer Trail with 40 life-size sculptures that tell the story of the last earthly days of Christ and of His Resurrection, and much more. All are welcome, but space is limited. See the details and register at https://tinyurl.com/SBFieldTrip or call the Valerie Walker at 847-244-4161.