Stations Of The Cross at St. Andrew’s

It has long been the practice at St Andrews that during Lent people are encouraged to experience devotion to Jesus in the Stations of the Cross. In previous years this has been done with a set of posters mounted on cardboard displayed around the church.

Stations of the Cross - 1A growing number of people expressed a desire to have a permanent set of stations in St Andrews and so the Parochial Church Council (PCC), encouraged by the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC), commissioned a local artist to create a set for St Andrews.

The artist chosen by the PCC for this project was Beverley Carpenter who works from her studio in Sidestrand near Cromer. Beverley was one of six artists who submitted work to the PCC. She has an M.A in Fine Art and has gained residencies and commissions beyond Norfolk and has exhibited her work in France.

Throughout the project Beverley has worked closely with the PCC and has even used several members of the Church Council as models for some of the stations. Her finished work is contemporary, bold, exciting, emotional, intimate and reveals a deep insight into the pain and suffering endured by Jesus in his way of the cross.

Stations of the Cross - 11St Andrews is now home to a unique work of contemporary art which the PCC hopes will draw the onlooker into a deeper understanding of the outpouring of God’s love for humanity.

The PCC would also like to express their gratitude to those who made this project possible. In particular to Michael Hill who originally caught hold of the vision and did most of the work in the early stages and also to individual benefactors who contributed to the cost.

In The Church

  • Stations 1 – 6 are in the north aisle beginning at the war memorial
  • Stations 7 –8 are at the west end of the nave &
  • Stations 9 – 14 are in the south aisle.
  • Proceed anti-clockwise

The Stations of the Cross
– their meaning and place in our Christian tradition

From the earliest of times Christians travelled to Jerusalem to walk the path Jesus trod on his way to the cross. This path has become known as the Via Dolorosa; “the sorrowful way” and along the way pilgrims would stop and recall and reflect on the events in the last hours of Jesus’ life.

Stations of the Cross - 12On returning to their parish church, pilgrims wanted to recreate the experience they had in Jerusalem and so developed the idea of placing various Stations of the Cross in their parish church. Such devotion to our Lord seeks to encourage people to deepen their understanding of the love that Jesus has for them and the price that he was prepared to pay in order that humanity could be made right with God.

Devotion to our Lord’s passion, his death and resurrection is at the heart of our Christian faith and to recall the last events in our Saviour’s life is a Christian thing to do. As we seek to follow Jesus we are called to share in his life, we are not meant to be spectators looking on. The Stations of the Cross invite us to share in his life and walk with him in the way of the cross. Jesus calls us to deny self, take up our cross and follow him and we must be prepared to follow him in the way of selflessness and self-giving which are so evident in the Stations of the Cross.

The stations also point to another Christian truth; that we believe that in the sufferings of Christ, God identifies with suffering of the world. People have heavy crosses to bear in their lives, crosses of illness, grief, sadness, regret and hurt. The Stations of the Cross point us towards a God who suffers with us, a God who has not abandoned us, a God who is with us; a God who became incarnate of the Virgin Mary and who dwelt among us. They also point us toward a God who has the power to transform, power which can bring good out of evil.

As you ponder on these images may you identify with our Lord in his suffering and He with you in yours and may you be drawn into a deeper understanding of God’s love for you.

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