In times of old, people would make pilgrimages to Jerusalem to walk and pray in the places Jesus lived the last days of his life - to follow his footsteps. As Christianity spread and people could not make pilgrimages to Jerusalem, the prayer practice of Stations of the Cross developed. Instead of physically journeying to Jerusalem, stations were set up in local churches with artwork and sculptures depicting scenes of Jesus’ journey to the cross.
The classic version of this popular prayer walk consists of a series of 14 meditations on Jesus’ final hours. A person or group “makes the stations” by walking to each sequential station for prayer and meditation about the event that the station symbolizes.
Our mosaic tile stations, created by local artist John Nafziger and Walnut Hill Mennonite Church, were first displayed in 2007 along the wooded trail at Pathways. This walk through the woods to contemplate Jesus’ journey to the cross appeals to all ages—children, youth, and adults. Each station includes scripture and written reflections to guide you.
This year our long-time tradition of the Station of the Cross and Resurrection will be available two different ways.
1. On our Website
Photos of the artwork and accompanying meditation will be on our website so you can “walk the stations” in your own home. Stations of the Cross will be available during Holy Week, April 5-11. Stations of the Resurrection will be posted the whole Easter season, from April 12 through May 30.
2. In our Woods
Because the Stations are well-dispersed along the main trail located on 10 acres of land and because being outdoors is good for the soul, the Stations will be placed in the woods as they normally are with the same dates noted above. This year, however, there are significant changes.
Whether you choose to walk the stations online or in the woods, there is no cost. However, donations made through our website or placed in the donation box attached to the retreat house, are gratefully received.