Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Via Crucis

I received an email today from Bob Carlton today suggesting a great idea -- a grid blog Via Crucis, or Stations of the Cross. Here's the email:

"Holy Week, which this year begins on 9 April and ends on 15 April, originated in Jerusalem in the earliest days of the Church, when devout people traveled to Jerusalem at Passover to reenact the events of the week, leading up to what we now know as the Resurrection. I'd like to invite you to be part of a grid blog during this year's Holy Week, using our blogs to reenact, relive, and participate in the steps of Jesus Christ through what our many traditions have come to call the Via Crucis - the Stations of the Cross.

If you are interested in joining this global effort, the first thing you 'd need to do is choose which station (s) you will be blogging on.
Here's the schedule:

9 April: (1) Christ is condemned to death, (2)The cross is laid upon him
10 April: (3) His first fall, (4) He meets His Blessed Mother
11 April: (5) Simon of Cyrene is made to bear the cross, (6) Christ's face is wiped by Veronica
12 April: (7) His second fall, (8) He meets the women of Jerusalem

13 April: (9) His third fall, (10) He is stripped of His garments
14 April: (11) His crucifixion
, (12) His death on the cross
15 April: (13) His body taken down from the cross, (14) His body is laid in the tomb

The way this would work is simple: each day during Holy Week, folks who have chosen to blog on the stations (s) for that day would post their own reflection on their own blogs (including media of any type) and also (a) include the Via Crucis Grid Blog tag in their subject line and in their post (b) include a common image (to be distributed in the next 10 days) and (c) include links to stations before and after them. If you are interested, please simply go to the coordinating blog
and include in your comment the day (and station) you'll be blogging on. Feel free to sign up for as many stations and/or days as you'd like. Please make sure you include your email and blog url in your comment."

I myself signed up for all the stations. I think it will be a good way to spend Holy Week in a devotional frame of mind. He also suggested I invite blogging friends to join the group. Anyone up for this?


Sandalstraps said...

That's a good idea! I'm not sure I'll be able to do it, but it's a very good idea!

crystal said...

Yes, it does sound like a good idea. Do you know yet which station you will have? I'm taking part in an online retreat, and soon we will get to the part that incorporates an online stations of the cross ... it's very affecting.

Liam said...

I think I'm going to do all of them -- although some of the posts will be more involved than others.