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Mary’s Way of the Cross

For the last few years, my parish has offered a unique interpretation of the Stations of the Cross during Lent: “Mary’s Way of the Cross,” by Fr. Richard Furey, CSsR. It’s a dramatic, poignant, heart-wrenching retelling of the Passion, through the eyes of Christ’s mother.  We  do it with up to 20 altar servers, music and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.  I never cease to be amazed at the turnout for this devotion — hundreds show up week after week.  

It’s also a ministry that my wife and I are able to do together; I lead the stations, and she narrates Mary’s meditations.


Curious? “Currents” did a short piece on this last week.  Take a look below.

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posted March 22, 2010 at 11:03 pm

It’s also quite traditional — an expansion of the traditional Stations hymn At the Cross Her Station Keeping

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posted March 22, 2010 at 11:11 pm

What a lovely way of experiencing the Stations, Deacon Greg!
I have used a variation of the Creighton University’s Station reflections in order to teach our RCIA folks. The DRE and I also developed interactive stations for the children of our religious education program, appropriate for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. It’s quite a ‘workout’ for them — for Sunday classes, we can’t use the church (due to Masses), so we use the school building and Parish Center — the kids love the journey. At the first station, I give them traveling ‘bags’ — pillowcase-sacks with drawstrings– and along the way, as we meditate and kneel and pray, at each station, there is something to pick up (a small wooden cross, a stone –for every time Jesus falls, an image of Mary & baby Jesus, a piece of paper on which to write down the names of their friends, a nail, white cloth and twine in which to wrap the contents of their bag, a votive candle) or something to leave behind (clothes brought for the poor, the small cross they carried, the cloth bundle (at the “tomb” — the altar table).
We need to continue to teach our young ones the power of remembering the passion of our Lord.

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posted March 23, 2010 at 4:43 am

Deacon, I live in Brooklyn and would love to attend this. Where and when does it happen?
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills. Friday at 7:30 pm. Good Friday at 1 pm — Dcn. G.

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posted March 23, 2010 at 6:22 am

Absolutely beautiful, especially when your wife reads for Mary. I wish you would get this on CD or MP3, maybe contact Lighthouse that makes those Catholic CD’s at the back of churches.
In fact, Scott Hahan has lighthouse CD on Suffering/Mary at the cross, in one of the best understandings (via Mary), of WHY suffering is necessary.
Thanks for sharing this; would love to come and be there; next best thing, have a recording of it.

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posted March 23, 2010 at 10:40 am

Lovely. We just did this at our church in a modified fashion. We have Sue (my friend that you met) to thank for it too. Thank you for sharing this!

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posted March 25, 2010 at 8:44 am

This is so beautiful. Seeing Jesus’ suffering through the eyes of his suffering Mother is profoundly touching. You really should consider putting this out on DVD.

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