Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament are offered each Friday evening during Lent at 7:30 p.m. immediately following our Lenten supper of "Soup and Bread". The Stations are a popular devotion which allow us through prayer and reflection to follow Jesus Christ on his way to Calvary.
From the earliest of days, followers of Jesus told the story of his passion, death and resurrection. When pilgrims came to see Jerusalem, they were anxious to see the sites where Jesus walked. Eventually, following in the footsteps of the Lord became a part of the pilgrimage visit. The stations, as we know them today, came about when it was no longer easy or even possible to visit the holy sites. It is one of the most important devotions honoring the passion of Jesus.
The Stations of the Cross are normally concluded with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Whereas the Stations reflect on the passion and death of Jesus, Benediction with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament looks forward to the Resurrection on Easter. Benediction is a service that makes real to us in an impressive way the fact that God is always present to us in the Eucharist and is reaching out to us, to bless, to strengthen, and to assure us of his loving kindness toward us.