We have just launched Praying the Stations of the Cross with Kathrin Burleson For Individuals and For Groups. Kathrin Burleson’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country. Recently, she published The Soul’s Journey: An Artist’s Approach to the Stations of the Cross, in which she depicts her Stations of the Cross series: fourteen paintings of scenes from Jesus’ journey with his cross to Golgotha. The paintings may be used for formal prayer during the Stations of the Cross liturgy, or simply may be contemplated on their own.
In this class, Kathrin discusses the history of the Stations of the Cross liturgy and then takes the viewer through each painting in her series of Stations of the Cross scenes. With each painting, she discusses the scene being portrayed, considers it in the context of Jesus’ overall journey, and offers opportunities to consider how each of these moments could resonate in our contemporary lives. She invites us to consider how we might imitate Jesus’ choices in our own lives, and ways in which the actions of other characters in the story — Peter, Pilate, the women who weep for Jesus as he passes, the women who wait for him outside the tomb — might inform our own actions and decisions.
Kathrin’s class could be used productively in a Stations of the Cross liturgy, in prayer groups, especially during Lent, and for personal contemplation. We hope that you find this class moving and that you can use it to support your Lenten activities. For more information about the class, please enjoy this preview.