On Good Friday we will be experiencing the stations of the cross together at Grace. I will be doing live charcoal drawings of each station as scripture and meditations are read. In preparing for this experience I came across an online version of the stations that I found helpful. The full site is here.
This is the explanation of the stations from that site:
The first point to note is that this is prayer. It isn’t an intellectual exercise. It is in the context of my relationship with God. I could read through the text of each of the stations, and look at the pictures, but that wouldn’t necessarily be prayer. This is an invitation to enter into a gifted faith experience of who Jesus is for me. It becomes prayer when I open my heart to be touched, and it leads me to express my response in prayer.
The second thing to remember is that this is an imaginative exercise. Its purpose is not a historical examination of “what really happened” on that day in history. It’s about something far more profound. This is an opportunity to use this long standing Christian prayer to let Jesus touch my heart deeply by showing me the depth of his love for me. The context is the historical fact that he was made to carry the instrument of his death, from the place where he was condemned to die, to Calvary where he died, and that he was taken down and laid in a tomb. The religious context is that today Jesus wants to use any means available to move my heart to know his love for me. These exercises can allow me to imaginatively visualize the “meaning” of his passion and death.
The point of this exercise is to lead us to gratitude. It will also lead us into a sense of solidarity with all our brothers and sisters. In our busy, high tech lives we can easily get out of touch with the terrible suffering of real people in our world. Journeying with Jesus in the Stations, allows us to imagine his entry into the experience of those who are tortured, unjustly accused or victimized, sitting on death row, carrying impossible burdens, facing terminal illnesses, or simply fatigued with life.
Over the next week I plan to soak on this journey and discover the right images to produce for the experience. I think I will have one or two students help me by spreading red acrylic paint over my black charcoal drawings to show the contrast of Jesus’ blood against the dirtiness of the event.
It should be a meaningful experience for all.