Early in the Christian movement, Jesus’ followers remembered Jesus’
execution and the places where various parts occurred, recounting the details. By the Middle Ages, pilgrimages to Jerusalem for Holy Week were like the Muslim Haj—a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage. When people couldn’t go to Jerusalem to walk the via Dolorosa with Christ, the ritual of the stations of the cross was born so that people could journey with Christ spiritually in their own parish devotion. Annually, the churches in Highlands gather to walk the stations in an ecumenical service of
scripture, singing, and prayer.
In light of our current situation, the clergy in town made the sad decision to cancel this year’s town-wide service. In lieu of this ecumenical service, pastors Curtis and Emily led worshippers virtually on an online journey through the stations on our own church campus, remembering the painful path that Jesus walked.