Holy Week - Wednesday

WEDNESDAY
Holy Week is a particularly special time and as such we will treat it differently from the rest of Lent.
Family Evening Devotions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be preparation for Good Friday, which will be a “walk” of Fourteen Stations of the Cross.
You can find more information about the Stations of the Cross here and here; and other online Stations of the Cross here.
This is a template for a 14-Station “Treasure Hunt” of sorts.
This outline is for use around a family’s home - either inside or out.


Monday and Tuesday are for creating or finding the focal objects.
Wednesday will be preparing printed materials and/or placing all items at each site.


TONIGHT’S ACTIVITIES


  1. Start with prayer:
Let us pray:
Gracious One, today we need to remember your presence with us in our times of 
sadness, fear, struggle, fragility, and worry.
We are grateful for this story. Let us handle it with respect, with gratitude, and with 
joyful hope.
Let your light shine within this house. We are ready to see and to be your light in the 
shadows.
Empowered by your Spirit, we pray. AMEN


  1. Prepare Bible texts
  1. If you have enough Bibles, you could leave one open to the appropriate text at each Station.
  2. OR: mark the location of each text in your Bible so it is easy to find on Friday.
  3. OR: you may wish to print out the texts for each Station. Links are provided below.
  4. OR: become familiar with an online Bible browser (two sets of links are provided) to use an electronic device on Friday.


C) Print the Reflections and Prayers for each Station.
*If you would like to use only the Excerpts rather than the full texts, please refer back to Monday and Tuesday to print those. This may be advisable if there are Littles in your household.



The First Station
Jesus Is at Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane


Reflection
Jesus:
...is afraid.
...trusts God, but is led to a terrifying reality.
...prays: silent resting in God can calm an anxious heart and mind.
...urges us to stay alert and follow God’s lead, not let fear and anxiety rule 
our lives.


God is with you; with every person who is afraid and worried.


Prayer
Thank you, Christ, for being with us in our worst fears and worries.
Thank you, Christ, for being with all who are afraid.

The Second Station
Jesus Is Betrayed by Judas, Arrested,
& Abandoned by the Disciples


Reflection
Jesus is:
...a friend, even after betrayal.
...non-violent and non-dominant.
...willing to accept “defeat”.
...willing to suffer so as to prevent the suffering of others.
...abandoned and isolated in the middle of his most terrifying moments.


God is with you; with every person who is betrayed and threatened.


Prayer
Thank you, Christ, for being with us when we feel betrayed.
Thank you, Christ, for being with everyone who is threatened by violence or 
abandonment.


The Third Station
Jesus Is Condemned by the Sanhedrin


Reflection
Jesus is:
...called a liar.
...called a blasphemer.
...called “wrong”.
...condemned by his religious leaders.


God is with you; with every person who is shunned by religious institutions.


Prayer
Thank you, Christ, for being with us when we feel shut out.
Thank you, Christ, for being with everyone who is rejected by a faith 
community.


The Fourth Station
Jesus Is Denied by Peter

Reflection
Jesus is snubbed by his best friends.


God is with you; with every person who is rejected by their peers.


Prayer
Thank you, Christ, for being with us when we feel left out.
Thank you, Christ, for being with everyone who is denied by their friends.


The Fifth Station
Jesus Is Judged by Pilate and Condemned to Die

Reflection
Jesus is:
...wrongfully accused and condemned.
...tried on false evidence.
...denied due process.
...denied an advocate before the law.
...scapegoated.
...made the outcast.
...hated to the point of sacrifice.


God is with you; with every person who experiences injustice.


Prayer
Thank you, Christ, for being with us when we are wronged.
Thank you, Christ, for being with everyone who is denied justice.


The Sixth Station
Jesus Is Mocked


Reflection
Jesus is:
...ridiculed and mocked.
...the brunt of the worst kinds of “jokes”.
...beaten: physically, verbally, emotionally and spiritually.
...reduced to nothing.
...made completely vulnerable: naked in front of ridicule.


God is with you; with every person who is marginalized and bullied.


Prayer
Thank you, Christ, for being with us when we are bullied.
Thank you, Christ, for being with everyone who is pushed to the outside.

The Seventh Station
Jesus Is Helped by Simon to Carry the Cross


Reflection
Jesus is:
...reduced to dependence on someone else.
...made completely vulnerable.
...weak.
...unable to fulfill his responsibilities without help.


God is with you; with every person who is stripped of or loses personal
agency.


Prayer
Thank you, Christ, for being with us when we are made to feel insignificant.
Thank you, Christ, for being with everyone whose personal power is taken 
away.


The Eighth Station
Jesus Acknowledges the Women of Jerusalem

Reflection
Jesus:
...breaks with tradition and social norms in order to show love.
...befriends people others consider to be “unclean”.
...welcomes and empowers people others deem worthless.


God is with you; with every person who is oppressed.


Prayer
Thank you, Christ, for being with us when we are devalued.
Thank you, Christ, for being with everyone who is dehumanized.


The Ninth Station
Jesus Is Crucified


Reflection
Jesus is:
...stripped bare.
...humiliated.
...counted as nothing.
...forgiving and forgiven.
...familiar with death.


God is with you; with every person who is broken down and broken open.


Prayer
Thank you, Christ, for being with us when we are vulnerable.
Thank you, Christ, for being with everyone who is made to feel like nothing.


The Tenth Station
Jesus Promises a Condemned Thief Paradise


Excerpt
 42Then [the criminal at his side] said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kindom.” 43[Jesus] replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”


Reflection
Jesus:
...comforts the incarcerated.
...promises the condemned a better world, a better life.


God is with you; with every person who is bound and imprisoned.


Prayer
Thank you, Christ, for being with us when we are tied to harmful ways of 
being.
Thank you, Christ, for being with everyone who is in any kind of prison.


The Eleventh Station
Jesus Invites Mary and John into Relationship


Excerpt
26When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27Then [Jesus] said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. (NRSV)


Reflection
Jesus knows:
...the pain of a child separated from their parent.
...the pain of a parent separated from their child.
...the power of family and the loss when family is torn away.
...the deep grief of death’s abiding emptiness.


God is with you; with every person who grieves the loss of beloved family.


Prayer
Thank you, Christ, for being with us when we are separated from our loved 
ones.
Thank you, Christ, for being with everyone who has no one to love.


The Twelfth Station
Jesus Dies on the Cross


Excerpt
50Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. 51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. (NRSV) 


Reflection
Jesus knows:
...what it is to feel cut off even from God.
...what it is to be recognized only after the fact.
...what it is to be completely alone and utterly helpless.


God is with you; with every person who is lost and lonely.


Prayer
Thank you, Christ, for being with us when we feel lonely.
Thank you, Christ, for being with everyone who has no one.

The Thirteenth Station
Jesus Is Taken Down from the Cross


Excerpt
57When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. 58[Joseph] went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. (NRSV)


Reflection
Jesus knows death:
...the cold separation from life.
...the extinguishing of blood and spirit.
...the fall into the Divine Mystery.


God is with you; with every person who faces the mortality of the body, 
mind and spirit or the finiteness of social norms, hopes and dreams, or ways of life.


Prayer
Thank you, Christ, for being with us when we believe that everything 
important or beautiful is gone.
Thank you, Christ, for being with everyone who has sacrificed on behalf of 
others.


The Fourteenth Station
Jesus Is Laid in the Tomb


Excerpt
60Joseph took the body and wrapped it in clean linens, put it in his own tomb, a new tomb only recently cut into the rock, and rolled a large stone across the entrance. (MSG)


Reflection
Jesus knows:
...complete isolation.
...the permanence of death.
...total emptiness.


God is with you; with every person who faces any tomb with fear, doubt, 
anxiety or grief.


Prayer
Thank you, Christ, for being with us when we sink into despair or sorrow.
Thank you, Christ, for being with everyone who grieves.

CONCLUSION
You might conclude tonight’s activities once everything is printed out and prepared, with the Closing Prayer, below.
In this case, you will need to place the objects and texts in their Stations sometime during the day on Thursday or Friday. Please see tips, below, when that time comes.


If you are able to prepare Stations tonight, here are some “tips”:
*Place Excerpts, Reflections & Prayers, Bibles (or printed texts), and each found 
or created “prayer object” (from Monday and Tuesday) in your chosen locations for each Station.
*Place texts so they can be read from a standing or sitting position, without 
having to move items around.
*Place the prayer object in a central, easy to see space within each Station.


Once all of your Stations are prepared, you might close with the following prayer:
“Spirit of Love, we thank you for helping us to remember and pray the story of 
your love for the world.”


Following the prayer, let each person close their eyes, take a few deep breaths, let them out, and rest until they are ready to move into the next part of the evening.

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