Hundreds of Catholics will participate in the Good Friday Walking Stations of the Cross in downtown Columbus on April 14, 2017. The annual Walking Stations of the Cross was sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Columbus’ Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Office for Social Concerns.
Stations begin with prayer at St. Joseph Cathedral, 212 East Broad Street, at 8 a.m., led by the Most Reverend Frederick F. Campbell, Bishop of Columbus, and concluded at the Cathedral shortly after 11 a.m. Following a three-mile route, participants walked throughout downtown Columbus to 14 specific locations at which they prayed and reflected on Jesus’ suffering as he carried his cross to his crucifixion, linking the stations with various issues of social concern.
The stations and prayer reflections along the walk route include:
1. Faith Mission -- Jesus is arrested and condemned to death -- the plight of the homeless
2. Topiary Garden in Old Deaf School Park -- Jesus is made to carry his cross -- environmental stewardship
3. Grant Hospital -- Jesus falls for the first time -- those with illnesses
4. Former abortion clinic – Jesus meets His Mother – the injustice of abortion
5. Nazareth Towers – Simon carries the cross – issues of the elderly
6. Holy Cross Church – Veronica wipes the face of Jesus – discrimination in society and a focus on multiculturalism
7. St. Lawrence Haven – Jesus falls for the second time – hunger and poverty
8. The park across from Greyhound bus station – Women of Jerusalem weep – runaways, refugees, and human trafficking
9. Location of Columbus Commons in view of bank buildings – Jesus falls for the third time – economic responsibility and joblessness
10. Ohio Supreme Courthouse – Jesus is stripped of his garments – justice
11. Downtown WBNS TV-10 and the Columbus Dispatch – Jesus is nailed to the cross – using media and social media responsibly
12. Ohio Statehouse – Jesus is raised on the cross and dies – abolition of the death penalty
13. Ohio Statehouse Veterans Memorial – Jesus is taken from the cross – peace
14. St. Joseph Cathedral – Jesus is laid in the tomb – the Church and the need for Christ's presence in the world.
People of all ages are invited to attend Good Friday, April 14, 2017.
Photo by Jerry Freewalt, Office for Social Concerns. Station 10 - Youth from Our Lady of Peace Church, Columbus, lead the tenth station with a reflection on justice at the Ohio Supreme Court building.