The Stations of the Cross are a traditional devotion to our Lord’s passion that is rooted in the Incarnation. Our God was born into history and lived among us at a particular place and time. This makes it possible to travel to the actual places where Jesus lived, suffered, died and rose from the dead.
5th Sunday of Lent (A)
This Sunday’s gospel completes the great “triptych” from John’s gospel of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, his healing of the man born blind, and concluding this Sunday with Jesus’ raising of Lazarus from the dead. In these readings given to us on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent, Jesus is revealed as the Living Water, the Light of the World, and now as the Resurrection and the Life.
The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord is a special time for our ministry, as our campus ministry chapel is named in honor of Our Lady of the Annunciation. A large reproduction of Fra Angelico’s painting of the Annunciation greets students in the narthex of the chapel, and Russian-style icons of Mary and St. Gabriel adorn the wall of the sanctuary on either side of the tabernacle. The top of that wall is emblazoned with Mary’s words to Gabriel, “Be it done unto me according to thy word” (Lk 1:42).
The Fourth Sunday of Lent is called Laetare Sunday. Laetare means “rejoice.” The name comes from the entrance antiphon for the Mass: “Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast” (cf. Is 66:1011).