Wednesdays at 6.00-6.50pm during Lent (13,20,27 March & 3,10 April 2019) the Stations of the Cross are prayed at St Michael’s. “Powerful and evocative use of scripture,” said Curate Christopher Durrant. You might also like to stay for our Lent Reading Group at 7.00-8.15pm on these 5 Wednesdays, which will explore “The Writings of Cyprian” (3rd century Bishop & Martyr at Carthage) guided by Prof Oliver Nicholson.
Like many Anglo-Catholic churches, St Michael’s has a set of 14 painted carvings, probably made in Oberammergau in Bavaria, depicting biblical and legendary events on Christ’s painful journey from Pilate’s palace to his Crucifixion at Calvary.
Our final meditation on the Stations of the Cross is on Spy Wednesday, 17th April, at the later time of 7pm, featuring the Pergolesi “Stabat Mater”, sung by members of the choir.
As the late Canon Thurmer used to remind us, the Stations are designed as much for prayerful meditation as to tell the story most of us think we know; hence Jesus wears the white robe of martyrdom rather than the bloodied rags of rejection.
The link below is the first of a set of 3 meditative blogs I produced in 2014, showing our Stations (click on each image to enlarge) with words selected from Sir John Stainer’s “The Crucifixion”.
St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Dinham Road, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EB