From ancient times, Christians have made pilgrimages to holy places. In the medieval period, when not everyone could travel to Jerusalem, the church began to offer local pilgrimage liturgies — the Way of the Cross.
Two collections of art work related to the Way of the Cross will be available for viewing at St. John’s beginning April 2 and continuing through April 30.
In the church nave, fourteen traditional-style ink and brush drawings by Helen Boyer will be displayed, with a companion booklet of the drawings available to use for personal reflection. A suggested pathway for the Stations is provided with the booklet; it can be followed anytime the church is open and available.
In the gallery (the hallway outside the church office), Sarah Stengle will exhibit original works on paper that are reflections on the Stations of the Cross and combine vintage images and 19th-century text, using collage and abstraction. A selection of ‘chanting’ drawings that visualize the experience of singing through color; some include the vowel sequence “E U O U A E” from Seculorum Amen, used as a cadence in some medieval music.
Moving from station to station, following the events in the words of scripture and letting the prayers draw us into the narrative, we are given the opportunity to understand something of Christ’s passion and our involvement in it. The movement and the events are the heart of the Stations of the Cross. As Henri Nouwen wrote, “The Way of the Cross can become a pattern for our own journey of faith – a way to be in solidarity with all of human suffering and struggle.” This Lent, we invite you to join us: walk with God, walk with neighbor.