Sunday, March 14, 2010

Stations of the Cross for Children -- Activity for Lent

We were supposed to go to Stations of the Cross as a family last Friday evening, but circumstances changed and that didn't happen. Our back up plan was to do the Stations of the Cross at home reading from the children's book by Fr. Lovasik. That would have worked just fine, but the kids had been rearranging their book shelves, not so neatly I might add, and I couldn't find the book in a timely manner.

Flustered, and this is not the disposition one wishes to enter into prayer with, I decided that we would just find a website and look at pictures of the Stations and create our own personal meditations for each one. Then, I stumbled upon the Loyola Press website that offered a download in a .pdf format for the Stations of the Cross or an online version. There was music, lovely art work, and words that my youngest, age 6, could easily read and understand.

Here is an excerpt from the introduction:

Praying the Stations of the Cross—alone or with a group—is a Lenten tradition. Read and pray these stations very slowly. Imagine the scene in Jerusalem as Jesus walked his Way of the Cross. Often, the Stations of the Cross is an action prayer. Catholics walk to the fourteen stations of the Way of the Cross and stop to pray at each one. The stations can be displayed outside in a park but are usually found inside churches.

Perhaps this tradition is new to you and your children. What a simple explanation they offer to help the children become familiar with this prayer of the Church during Lent. I have book marked this site and will surely use this again next Lent when we are unable to attend Stations in person at our parish.

To view the online version or download the .pdf file visit:


alohavale said...

I am glad to see that I am not the only one whose friday went all crazy on me. Thanks for the link. I was hoping to find something just like that.

Kathy said...

Thanks for the comment. No, you are not alone.

As for the Stations: God gives us what we need, exactly when we need it. It was the perfect solution for that night.