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Ecumenical Stations of the Cross

Abdulio Cordova participates in the ninth Ecumenical Stations of the Cross moving along North Bedford Street in 2018.

For the 10th year, the Carlisle Ministerium will host its Ecumenical Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, April 19.

The route begins at noon at the labyrinth at Biddle Mission Park, 311 E. North St., and will move from church to church in the downtown area.

The first two stations will be at the park. The route will visit the following churches at the approximate time listed:

  • 12:20 p.m.: Station 3, New Life Community Church, 64 E. North St.
  • 12:30 p.m.: Station 4 Community CARES, 50 W. Penn St.
  • 12:40 p.m.: Station 5, Memorial Park.
  • 12:55 p.m.: Station 6, St. Paul’s Lutheran, corner of West and Louther streets.
  • 1 p.m.: Stations 7 and 8, Carlisle United Methodist Church, 45 S. West St.
  • 1:15 p.m.: Station 9, Salvation Army, corner of E. Pomfret and Hanover streets.
  • 1:20 p.m.: Station 10 and 11, First Presbyterian, Corner of Hanover and High streets
  • 1:35 p.m.: Station 12, First Lutheran Church, corner of High and Bedford streets.
  • 1:45 p.m.: Station 13, Bethel A.M.E. Church, East Pomfret Street.
  • 1:50 p.m.: Station 14 and conclusion, St. Patrick Shrine Church, East Pomfret Street

Inspired by a trip to Jerusalem in which he walked the Via Dolorosa, or Stations of the Cross, the Rev. Canon Mark Scheneman, former rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, initiated the Good Friday Ecumenical Stations of the Cross for the Carlisle community. Pilgrims have retraced the steps of the Crucifixion of Jesus in Jerusalem since before the eighth century. The Stations of the Cross are stops that commemorate events during the torture, sentencing, carrying of the cross, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus.

This year, event coordinators Rev. Donna Hale, community chaplain, and Mary Moll, pastoral associate at St. Patrick Church, planned the route.

New locations this year include Community CARES and the grave marker at Memorial Park, and include updated community prayers reflecting community concerns.

At each station along the Carlisle route, participants will hear scripture reflections relating the last hours of Jesus’ life, and intercessions prayed for the community and its serving institutions. Beginning with Jesus’ condemnation to death (Biddle Mission Park) and ending with the reflection on Jesus taken down from the cross and placed in the tomb (St. Patrick Shrine Church), the participants will sing “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord” as they walk from station to station.

Following the Jerusalem custom, participants may bring crosses to carry.

Those interested may join in any location.

The rain location for the event is New Life Community Church, 64 E. North St., Carlisle.

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Carlisle Reporter

Carlisle Reporter for The Sentinel.