Every year, Hazelwood holds a Maundy Thursday service to remember the night in which Jesus was betrayed and handed over to the authorities, which eventually led to his crucifixion on the cross for our sins. This year’s Maundy Thursday service will be quite different from ones in the past. Our service will include “The Journey to the Cross,” based on the “Stations of the Cross.”

Wikipedia has this to say about the “Stations of the Cross”:

“The Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross, also known as the Way of Sorrows or the Via Crucis, refers to a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion and accompanying prayers. The object of the stations is to help Christians to make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion of Christ. It has become one of the most popular devotions, and the stations can be found in many Western Christian churches, including AnglicanLutheran, Methodist, and Roman Catholic ones. Commonly, a series of 14 images will be arranged in numbered order along a path, and the faithful travel from image to image, in order, stopping at each station to say the selected prayers and reflections. This is done in a spirit of reparation for the sufferings and insults that Jesus endured during his passion.”

We will have 5 “stations”. There will be some walking from station to station, but all stations will be in the Sanctuary. There will be chairs at each station for those who need them. It is our hope that through this experience, you may feel more connected to what Jesus endured during those final days of his ministry. Please join us on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m., in the Sanctuary.