Mount students honor the Way of the Cross

April 10, 2014

Newburgh, NY -

Fr. Francis Amodio

Mount Saint Mary College chaplain Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm., leads congregants though the Way of the Cross.

In Mount Saint Mary College’s Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary, chaplain Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm., observed the tradition of leading Mount faculty and students though the Way of the Cross, before the Easter holidays.

The solemn ceremony recalls the crucifixion of Jesus Christ through 14 steps, or stations. These stations are commonly affixed to the walls of a church, as either carvings or small illustrations.

Fr. Amodio, director of campus ministry, spoke a prayer at each station.

“These reflections are based on the Four Gospels of the New Testament, the Passion Narratives,” explained Fr. Amodio. “This devotion is associated with St. Francis of Assisi.”

The stations are:

  1. Jesus is condemned to death
  2. Jesus carries his cross
  3. Jesus falls the first time
  4. Jesus meets his mother
  5. Simon helps Jesus to carry the cross
  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
  7. Jesus falls the second time
  8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
  9. Jesus falls the third time
  10. Jesus’ clothes are taken away
  11. Jesus is nailed to the cross
  12. Jesus dies on the cross
  13. Jesus is taken down from the cross
  14. Jesus is laid in the tomb

“The Way of the Cross is always a moving experience,” said Alexander LaPoint, assistant director of campus ministry. “To walk with Jesus on his journey to Crucifixion helps to remind us what the Lenten season is about and what we have to look forward to in Easter.”

The idea of the station comes from the Holy Land, as pilgrims walk and pray the steps Jesus took on his way to Calvary, outside the wall of Jerusalem. This walk in Jerusalem is called the Via Dolorosa, or Way of Sorrow.

“For those who cannot go in pilgrimage to Jerusalem, they make the Via Dolorosa in their church by walking around at each station, reflecting on the passion of Jesus Christ,” Fr. Amodio said. “This devotion can also be prayed at home or anywhere else.”