Marquette University will hold a campus-wide viewing of the Stations
of the Cross on Tuesday, April 6 beginning at 5 p.m. The procession
will begin in the Chapel of the Holy Family in the Alumni Memorial
Union (2 nd floor) and conclude at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel.
Stations have been set up all across campus. The entire viewing
process will last about an hour and a half and will include prayer
and reflection at each station.
"This is a great opportunity to pray through the sacred
events of Christ's passion," says Fr. Will Prospero, S.J.,
assistant director of University Ministry. "And praying on
the sufferings of Jesus is a great way to enhance your Holy Week."
Holy Week in the Catholic Church is the week leading up to Easter
that includes Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday.
Making the Stations of the Cross is a tradition that dates back
to the earliest of days. Followers of Jesus who wanted to tell
the story of his passion, death and resurrection would take travelers
along the route that he walked and show them where various events
took place. In the 1500's, Europeans who found it difficult to
make the long pilgrimage to Jerusalem began making small shrines
to commemorate the different stages of Jesus' final hours. Eventually,
these shrines became the 15 stations that exist in Catholic churches
around the world today.
For more information on Tuesday's procession, contact
University Ministry at 288-6873.