Holy Week will soon be upon us, with this in mind we have sourced two very different Stations of the Cross, if you wish to use one of them.
The first is here, a more traditional version with sketches, readings and meditations from the Iona Community, the second is on the next page and is more contemporary by Mary Button, entitled "A Pandemic Hope", with words from a poem by Emily Dickenson.
Created by Mary Button, Stations of the Cross: Pandemic Hope lifts up images and stories of hope, resiliency, and relationship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring the dedicated work of healthcare, sanitation, and mortuary workers in moments of tenderness in the face of disease and death.
Each station is paired with stanzas from Emily Dickinson’s poem “Hope is the thing with feathers.” Dickinson was a deeply compassionate and introspective writer who created beauty out of isolation.
“Hope” is the thing with feathers
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all –
And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -
I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.
By Emily Dickinson©
Companions of Barnabas
Encouragement in Ministry