Stations of the Cross

Easter Sunday is almost here. It is the culmination of Holy Week for Christians and the day of the year that fills church pews, brings out bonnets and chocolate bunnies and colorful spring flowers, organizes Easter egg hunts and feasts of food. But it is Good Friday which distinguishes itself in liturgy and worship. Good Friday is heavy. It’s solemn and mournful. In most Christian denominations, Good Friday services mean clergy and acolytes dressed in solid black vestments, plain wooden crosses, bare bones altars stripped of adornments, no uttered Hallelujahs or friendly glad-handing. Many people attend church to experience a day of joyful worship. Good Friday is not that day.

I’m aware that readers of this blog comprise various religious beliefs and lack of religious beliefs entirely. It’s all good. I would point out, however, that Good Friday presents timeless subjects that any thoughtful person might contemplate in their moments of deep reflection, awareness, and questioning; the execution of an innocent man, the corruption of political and religious authorities, the menace of a raging, bloodthirsty mob.

Good Friday service at my church, with our priest Father Laurence Byrne:

An integral part of Good Friday services is Stations of the Cross, in which worshippers follow Jesus’ harrowing path from his death decree ordered by Pontius Pilate, to his crucifixion, to his burial, and stop for prayer at each point. Churches display plaques, relief sculptures, paintings, crosses, or any artwork to mark each station. At my church, All Saints Episcopal Church in Queens, NY, our stations are marked by framed drawings created by our church’s children over the years. And they are superb. I thought I’d share some of them here for my Easter blog post. Sometimes I feel like I admire children’s artwork more than any Rembrandt or Degas.

I offer my warmest wishes for a blessed Easter, blessed Passover, and restorative spring season! May you all rejoice in new life, new birth, grace, and salvation.

Love one another …

Always,
Claudia

12 thoughts on “Stations of the Cross

  1. Lynn Kauppi says:

    A blessed and Holy Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter to you Claudia.

  2. To quote a friend . . . “Love one another …”

  3. Ken says:

    Well done! Your writing is inspiring. “… timeless subjects that any thoughtful person might contemplate in their moments of deep reflection, awareness, and questioning; the execution of an innocent man, the corruption of political and religious authorities, the menace of a raging, bloodthirsty mob.” Anyone/everyone can take this comment to heart. And it’s disappointing (an understatement) to see that it still continues.

    • artmodel says:

      Ken,

      It all continues to this day, indeed. Thanks for pointing that out. When you think about how the horrors of history keep repeating themselves, it’s beyond dismaying.

      Good to hear from you!

      Claudia

  4. I love the children’s artwork. Thanks for sharing this and your inspiring words.
    Happy Easter!

  5. Bill says:

    Those drawings are really quite good — that’s where Rembrandt and Degas started.
    Regardless of religious beliefs, Good Friday and Easter remind us that the world, and everything/everyone in it, is ultimately redeemable — even when it seems impossible. Speaking for myself, I’ve been around long enough — and the world seems corrupt enough — to need the reminder. And, for us, it coincides with the coming of Spring πŸ™‚
    Happy Easter, Claudia!

    • artmodel says:

      Bill,

      So beautifully stated, and I’m right there with you about needing the reminder. Boy do we need it, on a regular and frequent basis. I have moments – more than I care to admit – where I just can’t perceive redemption for certain individuals; in those circumstances where sin crosses over into pure wickedness. I have thoughts that make me a bad Christian I suppose. This Easter season encouraged me to confront them, along with other doubts and questions I have. That’s what we do in our faith journey.

      Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Bill, and hope you had a blessed Easter!

      Claudia

  6. Wow…I just got a chance to look at this post. What beautiful and heartfelt images these children have produced…I’m sure Jesus and his Mother are well pleased. They reinforce why Jesus loved and cherished children so much. Claudia, would it be OK for me to share these images with a wider audience?

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