27 February 2009

Sweetest wood and sweetest iron...

We just finished the Stations of the Cross, the first time for this year, so there's no doubt that Lent has well and truly begun. I always love praying the Stations, and there was a special feeling for me this time, having walked the Way of the Cross so recently in Jerusalem.

The whole school gets together every Friday afternoon during Lent for the Stations, and it always strikes me how simple it is, and yet how powerful. There are no gimmicks, nothing entertaining -- just the prayers, readings from the Scriptures, and the pure voices of children singing the verses of a hymn as the crucifer leads the clergy from station to station.

We'll have the fancier version this evening for the whole parish, with all the stops pulled out: Solemn Evensong, Stations of the Cross, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. It really is breathtakingly beautiful. But the simple Stations in the afternoon with the children are pretty special.