During Lent, the time from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before Easter, Christians often retrace the events leading up to Christ’s crucifixion by following the Stations of the Cross. Stations of the Cross are a series of fourteen devotions that depict Christ’s last day. Stations of the Cross are commonly found in Catholic churches but can also be set in larger outdoor spaces, oftentimes at Shrines. Following the path of the Stations of the Cross is a prayerful and meditative experience. I have visited three Midwest shrines in the past few years that include outdoor Stations of the Cross and have written about them previously. Here is a summary and links to the original articles.
The Shrine of Christ’s Passion
Set on a beautifully landscaped pathway on 30 acres in St. John, Indiana, the non-denominational Shrine of Christ’s Passion takes you from the Last Supper to Christ’s Ascension into Heaven. Each station has a button to press for a narrated audio description. I wrote about The Shrine of Christ’s Passion two years ago.
Click here to read the full article about The Shrine of Christ’s Passion.
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Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, set on a hill in La Crosse, Wisconsin, includes an ornate church and the small Mother of Good Counsel Votive Candle chapel. There are several devotional sites, including the Stations of the Cross set on a half-mile path through rolling wooded landscape.
Click here to read the full article about the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
The 200-acre National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, includes a church and several serene devotional gardens. One of the devotional sites is the Way of the Cross, with a wide, nicely landscaped path that is both walkable and driveable. The Stations are hand painted in a three-dimensional casing and include audio. Located in Belleville, Illinois, just minutes east of the Illinois-Missouri border, my husband and I often stop here during our travels to eat lunch at the Shrine Restaurant.
Click here to read my article about The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows on Examiner.com.
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