STATIONS OF THE CROSS THEN AND NOW

By Fr Denis McBride
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Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. reflectively guides us along the way of the cross. He contrasts the beauty and solemn simplicity of the more traditional Stations by artist Curd Lessig with modern images that challenge us to link Jesus’ story to the struggle of our everyday life.

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The way of the cross is not confined to a lonely road in Jerusalem two thousand years ago:it is a busy highway winding through every village, town and city in our modern world. Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. reflectively guides us along the way of the cross. He contrasts the beauty and solemn simplicity of the more traditional Stations by artist Curd Lessig with modern images that challenge us to link Jesus’ story to the struggle of our everyday life. Through its rich array of scripture passages, paintings, poetry, prayers, photographs and reflections, The Stations of the Cross – then and now becomes a companion not only on our Lenten journey but throughout the year:suffering is not limited to one liturgical season. Whether we walk in solitude or with others, this book translates the passion of Jesus into our own life and times.

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Denis Blackledge SJ

Denis McBride is a true wordsmith, and a new book sets his skill with the written word alongside the superbly chosen work of south German artist Curd Lessig and contemporary photography. All three combine to offer a new way of travelling along the traditional Stations of the Cross in a simple, six-stage format. Each Station begins with a passage from scripture; follows that with the accompanying painting from Lessig’s ‘Way of the Cross’; and then offers a two-page reflection from McBride on the Station in the light of the scripture and the painting. What is deeply striking, though, is that the reader is subsequently presented with a photograph representing a modern day instance of suffering, then a two-page meditation on that image; and finally a prayer. What McBride has produced twins ‘then’ with ‘now’.His aim is for the reader both to celebrate the memory of Jesus’s Passion and to become more alert to the passion of so many around us who struggle under the burden of their own cross. Each photo reflects a contemporary parallel of the particular Station of the Cross, and has been selected with great sensitivity. The shooting of Pope John Paul ll, for example, has been chosen to echo the third station, the First Fall of Jesus; and, perhaps most poignantly, the Pietà, the thirteenth station, is paired with the now infamous photo of an aid worker tenderly picking up the small body of a drowned child, Alan Kurdi, from a Turkish shore. The two interpretations of the thirteenth station grace the front cover. This is a book to ponder and pray, not to read. Whilst it is especially relevant for Lent and Holy Week, it is a book full of insights and blessings to keep in your daily prayer corner for any day or night of the year.

Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB

"His Stations of the Cross then and now consists of deeply moving meditations on the fourteen stations, each addressed to Jesus as he undergoes each stage of his passion journey. They evoke both the horror and the humanity of the moment. In addition each is linked to a consideration of similar heart-rending sufferings in the modern world, mostly caused by human greed or hatred in the twenty-first century. A challenging source for prayer during Lent."

The Independent Catholic News website

Stations of the Cross Then and Now is a powerful book. Fr McBride writes, in his introduction:"I did not write these stations for public performance, but for devotion:anyone can make the way of the cross at home. After all, it is there, for many people, that they live out their own suffering." For each station, Fr McBride presents a passage from scripture, reflecting on its meaning with the help of a Curd Lessig painting. He then uses a modern photograph to bring that station into the reader's personal world, finally bringing together the "then" and "now" in prayer. These prayers have their own poignancy and relevance, coming as they do from such sources as the Psalms, the Song of Songs... and the Buchenwald concentration camp. As Fr McBride says:"The Gospel comes alive best when the story of Jesus and our own story meet and merge:we learn not only that the story of Jesus throws light on our own, but, paradoxically, that our own story can throw new light on the story of Jesus."

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