A liturgy for the Lenten devotion of Stations of the Cross with material taken from the Church of England liturgical books. This liturgy can work for both forms of the Via Crucis - the traditional and the Scriptural. It includes a form of gathering, prayers for each station, a concluding response, and a blessing. Common Worship: Times and Seasons, and Common Worship: Daily Prayer, material from which is included and adapted in this service, is copyright The Archbishops’ Council 2006, rediliy available at Church of England PDF files page. Liturgical formatting by anotheranglicanblog.com
Also available, a selection of hymns for Passiontide, suitable for Stations of the Cross, Good Friday Liturgy, and other Lenten devotions.
Hymns: Glory be to Jesus,My song is love unknown,Rock of Ages, cleft for me,When I survey the wondrous cross
Hymns readily available on the internet; liturgical formatting by anotheranglicanblog.com
Stations of the Cross artwork has been published previously, HERE.
The Way of the Cross, as we understand the term today, dates to the late Middle Ages. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (+ 1153), Saint Francis of Assisi (+ 1226) and Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio (+ 1274), with their loving, contemplative devotion, prepared the ground on which the devout practice was to develop.
The Way of the Cross or Via Crucis, in its present form, with the same fourteen stations placed in the same order, is recorded in Spain in the first half of the seventeenth century especially in Franciscan communities. From the Iberian peninsula it spread first to Sardinia, at that time under the dominion of the Spanish crown and then to Italy. Here it found a convinced and effective apostle in Saint Leonard of Port Maurice (+ 1751), a friar minor and a tireless missionary; he personally erected more than 572 Via Crucis, including the famous one erected inside the Colosseum at the request of Benedict XIV on 27 December 1750 to commemorate the Holy Year.