Stations of the Cross services start tonight at All Saints

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Beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17 and continuing every Wednesday night through March 26, All Saints Anglican Church will hold a Stations of the Cross service to be followed by a pot luck supper.  

From very early times, pilgrims to Jerusalem have desired to walk along the same road Jesus walked on Good Friday, pausing to meditate on his sufferings and the sacrifice he made for us at various stops or “stations” along the way.  

Desiring to imitate this practice, the faithful who were unable to be in Jerusalem during Holy Week would walk “the way of the cross” around their churches, stopping for a reading and prayers at stations marked by a plain wooden cross.  

Over time the number of these stations settled on 14.  Eight are taken directly from scripture.  The others: Jesus falling on the way (3, 7, 9), a woman wiping his face (6) and interactions with his mother (4, 13) are inferred from scripture or taken from oral tradition.

The service was popularized in the later Middle Ages in the western church particularly by the Franciscans.  

All Saints is located at 149 Ebenezer Road, Fayetteville, just east of Peachtree City.  

For more information, contact the church at 770-486-5374 or visit ptcanglican.org.