As Easter approaches, area Christians are planning to gather for this year’s Second annual Community-wide Scriptural Way of the Cross event planned for Saturday March, 24 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
During the event a procession will follow a wooden cross carried through the streets of Culpeper stopping at stations along the 1.5-mile route including various churches and community sites. Each station serves as a prayer stop which will include a song, a prayer and the reading of a Gospel passage. Instrumental in organizing this event, Michael Watts calls it a cooperative effort between all downtown Culpeper churches as well as churches from other areas of the county.
“We (different churches) are separate each Sunday and this is an opportunity for us to witness together and pray together in preparation of Holy Week,” said Watts, a deacon candidate in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. An ecumenical effort Watts explains how “we all differ in race, language and worship style but we all celebrate the same redemption brought to us by our one Savior on the one cross”.
Watts recalls approximately 250 people attended last year and described how emotional the day was.
“Some people were in tears at the event. It was really well embraced. Many were excited about being inside other Culpeper churches that they had never been in before,” he said.
The Way of the Cross tradition began in the Holy Land where pilgrims traced Christ’s footsteps to Mount Calvary. This ancient tradition, that continues today, has spread worldwide allowing people to participate in this powerful experience within their own communities.
Open to anyone in the community, parking is available at Culpeper UMC where a shuttle will transport people to the starting location at Precious Blood Catholic Church, between 8:30 and 9 a.m. The procession begins at 9:30 a.m. and culminates back at Culpeper United Methodist Church at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Hosting this year’s stations are Precious Blood Catholic Church, Epiphany Catholic School, Novum Baptist Church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Culpeper Presbyterian Church, Reformation Lutheran Church, His Village, Antioch Baptist Church, City on a Hill Church, Primera Iglesia Bautista Maranatha, Culpeper Baptist Church and Culpeper United Methodist Church. More information about the hosting churches, the stations and the route can be found on the website.at http://www.culpepercross.info/the-stations.html