Like the other day, when we talked about the changes to the Stations of the Cross. Maybe not confusing, but a surprising number of people don't know there has been a change. I chalk that up to churches not wanting to let go of their Stations of the Cross panels, some of which are beautiful works of art in wood, stone and beautifully painted plaster. They are old and irreplaceable.
Which makes the rules for the Stations of the Cross a bit dodgy, since you have to walk around to do them and the new ones aren't up there on the wall for many of you. How does one do the new Scriptural Stations? That can be confusing.
I don't know. I imagine you'll just have to walk around, stand in front of the number, and picture a different rendering. In other words, you'll be standing in front of Jesus is condemned to death, but you'll be picturing the Agony in the Garden. And when you land in front of Jesus picks up his cross, you have to picture Judas betraying Jesus and then Jesus getting arrested By the time you reach Jesus picking up His cross on the your new list, you'll be standing in front of of Jesus falling the second time. That's #7.
At least when you're standing in front of #9, you can look back at the rendition of #8 on the wall of Jesus meeting up with the women of Jerusalem.
Nothing matches up until the very last one when Jesus is placed in the tomb.
Happily for you, there are quite a number of little Stations of the Cross booklets you can carry around with you. That should help.
Which reminds me! You know you can get Lenten coloring books for the kids?
I'm not sure I'm enthusiastic about Lenten coloring books, but I'll go along with it. My beef is that these types of teaching tools are billed as "fun" for the kids. A "fun" way to teach them about Lent.
I realize that it is going to be tough going to teach them about Lent if it isn't any fun. But...Lent isn't supposed to be fun, so right there, what are we teaching them? And why does everything we learn have to be fun?
I know, I know. "Fun" is part of the way we teach children to enjoy learning new things. If it's fun, it might generate interest and being very interested in things is rather fun.
Isn't Lent interesting enough to hold a child's attention without having to crack out a pinata full of holy cards? (Because a Lenten pinata better not be full of candy!)
It's okay to stick with the Traditional Stations. No one minds. But our current Pope has asked up to take up the new ones. I'm on board with that. I love the new Scriptural Stations, even though we lose poor St. Veronica. There are plenty of other St. Veronica's to replace her
A reader tells us:
Our parish still uses the Stations which are on the wall - the traditional ones - when we pray the Stations together on Fridays during Lent. On Good Friday, we have a Choral Stations of the Cross, with a meditation on each Station and music which corresponds to that Station. For that we use the "modern" version. It works for us!
You make it sound so easy! What about the walking around part?