The Stations of the Cross of my childhood entailed a litany of prayers facing framed pictures or sculptural pieces around the Church. Today, my kids experienced the Stations of the Cross through installation art and interactive exhibit in Bonifacio High Street.
Each station has a board explaining the event leading to the crucifixion and the corresponding act to be performed by those who wish to participate in the exhibit. We went early morning to avoid the crowd and the heat, and also to allow us enough time to absorb, reflect and share these Lenten messages with our girls.
STATION 1: JESUS IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE
The hall of mirrors makes you look at your own reflection and remind yourself of the sacrifice of Christ.
STATION 2: JESUS IS BETRAYED BY JUDAS
The scales represent what usually consumes men now: money, relationships, career. It says it could’ve been today’s version of the 30 pieces of silver that Judas traded Christ for.
STATION 3: JESUS BEFORE THE SANHEDRIN
Interesting facts here.
People were asked to pick up a stone and remember somebody they have formed negative opinions on. Immediately, I remember the verse “He who is without sin cast the first stone.”
STATION 4: JESUS IS JUDGED BY PILATE
We were encouraged to not wash our hands off the widespread poverty here. A donation of a measly P5.00 (US$ 0.12) was asked for the care and education of an impoverished child.
STATION 5: JESUS IS SCOURGED
We know this but it is still hard to imagine what Christ had gone through. When you read accounts such as this, you wince at the pain it inflicted.
STATION 6: JESUS IS CROWNED WITH THORNS
We deposited here the “stones of judgement” that we got from Station 3. We were also made to pick up a piece of black cloth.
STATION 7: JESUS CARRIES HIS CROSS
There were three crosses that anyone can carry, just to have a feel of the weight that Jesus carried in his half-kilometer walk.
STATION 8: THE TWO SIMONS
My favorite part of this exhibit.
STATION 9: JESUS IS CRUCIFIED
The black cloth that we picked up in Station 6 supposedly represents our sins, our failures and brokenness and the power that they have in our lives.
These pieces of cloth get nailed on the cross.
STATION 10: JESUS ENTRUSTS MARY TO JOHN
This is the station where you give a prayer of healing, restoration, and gratitude for your family, especially your mother.
STATION 11: JESUS PROMISES PARADISE TO THE REPENTANT THIEF
Those who want to continue nurturing their spiritual life can consult further with the organizers.
STATION 12: JESUS DIES
You get out of the dark tent and pin your prayer on this wall.
My daughter wrote “Thank you Jesus for giving me my parents.”
Advance Happy Easter!