This month's feature will run until throughout Lent. The features are the Stations of the Cross here at St. Mary's. Here is a link to the photo album: Stations of the Cross
A long standing tradition in our Catholic heritage at the Stations of the Cross; a pictorial devotion of Jesus' journey to His death on the Cross and entombment. The Stations of the Cross originated early in the history of the Church. It was the custom of the faithful to follow the way walked by Christ from Pilate's house in Jerusalem to Calvary. As time went on, pilgrims to the holy city desired to continue this devotion when they returned home. In the fourteenth century when the Franciscans were entrusted with the care of the holy places in Jerusalem, they promoted the use of images depicting the Lord's Way of the Cross.
St. Mary's has selected a set of Venetian mosaic Stations of the Cross crafted by the Demetz Studios. These exquisite Stations of the Cross are handmade in Ortisei, Italy and are Venetian Mosaics in traditional colors with a genuine gold leaf mosaic background. The carpenters working for Wiley Hicks Jr. (company who built the Church) framed the stations, topping the frames with crosses reminiscent of the wooden stations in the rear of the former St. Mary's church building. The stations were framed and arranged around the walls of the nave of our new church, allowing us at St. Mary's, and for generations to come, to enter more fully into the passion and death of the Lord.
To view photos of all of the Stations of the Cross, please click on the photo album link: Stations of the Cross