CAFOD supporters at St Margaret Clitherow, Keyworth marked Lent Fast Day with Stations of the Cross using the CAFOD resource focused on Myanmar.
This version of Stations of the Cross allows participants to meditate on Jesus’ journey to the cross whilst reflecting on the reality of the lives of people who experienced Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (Burma) in 2008. With the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes, there is also reflection on that document’s call to make our own the joys, hopes, griefs and anxieties of all the People of God.
In preparation the images from the PowerPoint were printed A3 and placed alongside the existing Stations of the Cross images in the church. Participants began by listening to ‘Open my eyes, Lord’ by Jesse Manibusan and continued with the prayers and reflections provided for each station. The service finished with the reaffirmation of Gaudium et Spes plus the Open My Eyes prayer and Fast Day prayer
The parish has a Stations of the Cross with a CAFOD focus every Lent. The organisers felt that this year proved to be one of the most successful. The timing was just right too – not too long and not too short; with the opportunity to pause for a short while at each station to let people think about what had been said and the questions posed. They received very positive feedback – “thought-provoking”, “beautiful”, “very interesting”, “relating each station to a real life scenario made the whole thing come alive somehow”
Thank you to all those involved.
If you wish to use the resource you will find it at
‘Open my eyes, Lord’ by Jesse Manibusan