The Stations of the Cross are a traditional series of prayers about Jesus’ journey to the cross and his crucifixion. In the Episcopal Church, they are often said on Good Friday. Sometimes churches have literal ‘stations’ or pieces of artwork meant to depict each part of the journey, at which worshippers stand and pray each of the prayers.
St. James does not have traditional stations, but this year, following our midday ecumenical Good Friday service, a stations of the cross will be conducted throughout the downtown area of Keene. We’ll stop for each prayer at different places around downtown that highlight the economic disparity in our community. We’ll travel throughout downtown, and our last station will be back behind the church, in front of 100 Nights Shelter.
Last year, we initiated a pilgrimage to Portsmouth to conduct a similar Stations of the Cross along the Black Heritage Trail. It was a very powerful experience to pray about the suffering of Christ at locations around town where enslaved people had also suffered. This year, our Stations will highlight the suffering of our own Keene neighbors who are suffering this very day from the effects of poverty. We hope you will join us for this powerful public witness and time of prayer. The walk will be along Keene sidewalks, about a mile in total, but all wheelchair accessible.
The ecumenical Good Friday service is at noon inside the church. The Stations will begin outside, in the rear of the church off the municipal lot, at 1:30. Come to either or both.