From a reader:
I am searching for a Church near me to pray the Stations of the Cross
this Lent. A few do not have the Stations during Lent until a week
before Holy Week. Another stated that while the Stations use to be
prayed every Friday during Lent, because of Vatican II (Sacrosanctum
Consilium #13) they are no longer in line with the liturgy and that we
should not focus during this time on Jesus’s Passion. I am really
confused here. I have never heard this before. What do you say
In brief, I say that that is one of the dumbest things I have heard in a long time.
There is NO time of the year when we should not focus on Jesus’ Passion and Death. Some feasts and times ask for greater focus on some other mystery of our salvation but … NOT to focus on the Passion of the Lord during Lent is just plain goofy.
I wonder what the local bishop thinks about that. Perhaps he hasn’t seen the parish bulletin wherein the priest explains this.
I can understand a priest not having Stations at one parish if he has five parishes and no assistants. Even then, he could allow people to have Stations anyway.
But not to have Stations because of something in Sacrosanctum Concilium? I wonder what even the most liberal of the Council Father’s would have thought of that.
How long, O Lord?