You are invited to a free, interactive Stations of the Cross and labyrinth walk

Please join St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Saturday, March 19, from 1-3 p.m. for reflection, prayer and an interactive experience.

Come prepare for Palm Sunday and Holy Week by reflecting with us on Jesus’ journey to the cross. All are welcome, no exceptions. The interactive stations will engage all five senses. The pilgrimage will start in the Sanctuary, and is designed for you (and your family) to go at your own pace. Please dress comfortably for the weather as the final Stations will be outside in the prayer garden and in the labyrinth.

The Stations of the Cross have been an important devotion used in Lent for about 800 years, a means of enabling Christians who could not go to Jerusalem personally to follow Jesus’ footsteps on Good Friday. We walk with Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane, his condemnation by Pilate, through his suffering and death, and finally to the tomb and resurrection.

Historically, the labyrinth pre-dates the Station of the Cross by several hundred years. The Chartres Labyrinth was constructed in the stone floor of Chartres Cathedral, France, in 1201 AD. Medieval Christians visited Chartres (and other churches and cathedrals) to walk the labyrinth as an alternative to taking a hazardous pilgrimage to Jerusalem to walk the “foot steps of Christ.” Modern “pilgrims” walk the labyrinth path as one of many tools to enhance prayer, contemplation, meditation and personal growth.

For more information, please contact St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 468 Bradley Road, Bay Village, at 440-871-6200 or visit

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