The Roman Catholic Diocese Of Lubbock
Most Reverend Robert M. Coerver, S.T.L., M.S.
Bishop Of Lubbock

11. February, 2018Diocese of Lubbock Comments Off on Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Friday during Lent at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary. The Exodus 90 Men’s Group will lead the Stations on the first Friday of Lent, February 16th. Each group that leads the Stations will be using a different version. The Stations of the Cross are an ancient tradition in the Catholic Church dating back to the fourth century when Christians went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Pope Francis lists 8 reasons why we should pray the Stations. The first two reasons:

  1. They allow us to place our trust in Him. “Let us entrust ourselves to Jesus, let us give ourselves over to him, because he never disappoints anyone!” Pope Francis, World Youth Day, July 26, 2013
  2. They put us into the story. And you, who do you want to be?Like Pilate? Like Simon? Like Mary? Jesus is looking at you now and is asking you: do you want to help me carry the Cross? Brothers and sisters, with all the strength of your youth, how will you respond to him?” —Address, World Youth Day, Way of the Cross, July 26, 201
  1. They remind us that Jesus suffers with us. “The Cross of Christ bears the suffering and the sin of mankind, including our own. Jesus accepts all this with open arms, bearing on his shoulders our crosses and saying to us: ‘Have courage! You do not carry your cross alone! I carry it with you. I have overcome death and I have come to give you hope, to give you life’ (cf. Jn 3:16).” —Address, World Youth Day, Way of the Cross, July 26, 2013
  1. They compel us to action. “But the Cross of Christ invites us also to allow ourselves to be smitten by his love, teaching us always to look upon others with mercy and tenderness, especially those who suffer, who are in need of help, who need a word or a concrete action.” —Address, World Youth Day, Way of the Cross, July 26, 2013

(Reasons 5 & 6 coming next week.)