On Friday, April 10, a diverse group of Christian religious, civic and community leaders and representatives will lead a special service, The Ecumenical Stations of the Cross. Recognizing that Christians are not able to gather in their churches because of the stay-at-home order, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, called on church and community leaders to offer an online experience of worship to mark the end of the Lenten season, and to gather Christians in prayer.
“The cross weighed heavily on Jesus as he walked the Via Dolorosa (the way of sorrows),” said Cardinal Cupich. “Many crosses weigh heavily on us these days. As we respond to the threat to the health and safety of our neighbors by social distancing, we also find ourselves carrying each other’s crosses and joining together in common prayer. In this way, we can witness to our Lord’s presence in our world, console one another, and intercede for those who serve the common good, care for the sick, keep us fed and safe, teach our children and bury our dead.”
Joining Cardinal Cupich in the Ecumenical Stations of the Cross will be Mayor Lori Lightfoot, religious leaders from the Armenian Orthodox Church, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago Theological Seminary, the Episcopal Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., and the United Methodist Church; and civic/community representatives including teachers, police, firefighters, letter carriers, restauranteurs, and the medical community.
The Ecumenical Stations of the Cross will be held at noon, central standard time, on Friday, April 10, 2020.
April 10 is Good Friday on the calendars of the Western and Armenian churches and Friday of the last week of Lent on the Greek Orthodox calendar.
Everyone is welcome to join the Ecumenical Stations of the Cross at archchicago.org/coronavirus/prayer-resources or through the media platforms of the participating churches.
“The churches in Northeastern Illinois have a long history of joint action in response to community need,” said Fr. Thomas A. Baima, the Cardinal’s vicar for ecumenical and interreligious affairs. “These are difficult times for our people. By coming together in unity to walk the Way of Christ’s Cross, our hope is that we will inspire all those we serve with the message that we are walking with them as they carry their crosses. I am confident that this small gesture of religious and civic leadership will bring some comfort and hope to Northeastern Illinois.”
About the Archdiocese of Chicago
The Archdiocese of Chicago, the third largest in the United States, serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in 316 parishes in Cook and Lake Counties, a geographic area of 1,411 square miles. The archdiocese, pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, has more than 15,000 employees in its systems and ministries, including Catholic Charities, the region’s largest nonprofit social service agency. The archdiocese also has one of the country’s largest seminaries. The archdiocese’s 205 elementary and secondary schools comprise one of the largest U.S. private school systems. It has garnered more U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Awards than any system of any type. For more information on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic schools, visit schools.archchicago.org.