After Ash Wednesday, PCJ readily prepared for the Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross, also known as Way of Sorrows or Via Crucis. To complement with this year’s theme of Communion of Communities, the Via Crucis were done simultaneously from two different enclaves, with the first thirteen stations in each enclave, and culminating in one venue for the 14th station and holy mass. The Via Crucis was held from Tuesday to Thursday, and on Fridays, at the parking lot behind PCJ Church.
How relevant is the Via Crucis in one’s life? The so-called “stations” grew out of imitation of Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem which is believed to be the actual path Jesus walked to Mount Calvary. The object of the stations is to help the Christian faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion of Christ.
Prayers, reflections, and the Holy Mass paved the way for me to better understand why Jesus died for me. Beyond all the camaraderie shared during the short agape after each Via Crucis, the support and ‘bayanihan’ attitude of PCJ servants and parishioners to make the event more meaningful added to a deeper reflection on sharing the Lord’s sacrifice for everyone.
I called it stations of His infinite love for us. Stations that depicts more than the prayers and reflections but a sense of grasping the real essence of being under His mantle of protection, mercy and love.
Photo credits: Mheanne Sison, Winnie Uchi