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Bishop Ellis Catholic

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I have come that you may have life - life in all its fullness (John 10:10)

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Way of the Cross Liturgies 2019

Our Way of the Cross liturgies were held during the last week of term.


The Way of the Cross (or Stations of the Cross) is a fourteen step devotion to commemorate Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. The fourteen devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation before Pilate. In school, we undertake a mini-pilgrimage in the Way of the Cross in two separate liturgies in which the whole school comes together to reflect and meditate on the specific events from Christ's last day.


This year, as well as meditating on the events of Christ's last day as a man, we considered how these events were relevant to our lives today. Our liturgies were based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, written on behalf of the Nottingham Diocese Justice and Peace Commission. We focused on thinking about the story of Jesus' death being the story of our lives and how we can love, help, protect and defend the marginalised and vulnerable in our world.


The children in the school were led in the Way of the Cross devotions by members of staff and children from the Chaplaincy team. The spirituality of the children in our school was apparent for all to see; by their words and actions, the children showed that they understood the solemnity of the liturgies and in both sets of devotions, there was a very powerful prayerful atmosphere. The liturgies were accompanied by images of the Stations of the Cross and the children sang beautifully, with the choir providing lovely harmonies.


It is our hope that the children will be encouraged to reflect on the Way of the Cross in their own families and parishes next week, during Holy Week. We wish you all a very blessed and peaceful Easter - may the light of the risen Lord on Easter Sunday shine on you and your families and bring you an abundance of blessings.