Holy Week: Connecting Mind, Body, Spirit in the Franciscan Way

Paul Keggington

April 06, 2009

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A prayer meant to awaken the senses, The Silver Lake College of the Holy Family community, Manitowoc, WI created Lenten Stations of the Cross for cafeteria time reflection. Art students, faculty and staff collaborated on this journey of faith.

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The traditional Stations of the Cross couldn’t be a more Franciscan prayer. The National Shrine of St. Francis notes:

  • 1686- “the Franciscans received from Innocent XI the right to erect Stations in their churches; thus they, and all others affiliated to their order, could gain the same indulgences for making the Way of the Cross in their own churches as if they had made the journey to Jerusalem.
  • 1726- Benedict XIII extended the right to gain indulgences in these Franciscan churches to all the faithful.
  • 1731- Clement XII permitted indulgenced Stations to al churches-provided they were erected by a Franciscan priest.
  • 1862 -this last restriction was removed, to accommodate those places where no Franciscans were available.”

We adore You,
O Lord Jesus Christ,
in this Church and all the Churches of the world,
and we bless You,
by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world. Amen.

How have these scenes of Christ’s sufferings and death moved your heart? Are there any particular Stations of the Cross that you find meaningful?

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