During the season of Lent—the 40-day period from Ash Wednesday until Easter—you are invited to pray and meditate through the Stations of the Cross. Each station recalls an event at the end of Jesus’ life, from his condemnation to his burial. Praying the stations imitates the practice of visiting the places of Jesus’ Passion in the Holy Land by early Christian pilgrims.
Like so many sacred practices, these stations mark parts of Jesus’ journey while also challenging us to consider, “What would Jesus’ journey look like in today’s world? What would the different stations be in our own time?”
Stations of the Cross: Refugee Journeys explores contemporary stories of human movement all over the world. The series begins in North America—exploring the history of forced migration in the United States, the re-location of indigenous people in Louisiana today, the movement of migrant farmworkers and the incarceration of migrants and their children in detention centers. Other stations document the movement of North African and Syrian refugees across the Mediterranean Sea as they journey toward Europe; Rohingya refugees escaping genocide in Myanmar; Venezuelans fleeing governmental chaos; Ukrainians escaping the war in the Donbass region.
Embedded in the images of each station are maps documenting the movement of people. As you pray the stations, you travel across the world twice over in images. Surrounding each station is a border which depicts the movement of Jesus toward the cross.
These Stations of the Cross are also displayed at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church along Pine Street between Third and Fourth Streets during Lent 2020.
This powerful series was created by artist Mary Button. www.marybutton.com