Via Crucis (or Way of the Cross; Stations of the Cross, ; also called the Via Dolorosa or Way of Sorrows, or simply, The Way) refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion. The tradition as chapel devotion began with St. Francis of Assisi and extended throughout the Roman Catholic Church in the medieval period. It is less often observed in the Anglican and Lutheran churches. It may be done at any time, but is most commonly done during the Season of Lent, especially on Good Friday and on Friday evenings during Lent.
And here in the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish in Tuyan, City of Naga, the parishioners started this long time tradition of the catholics on the holy tuesday, April 19th. Their first station was at the church’s altar and ended at the Magdooc chapel as the fourteenth station.
I have experienced this undying tradition for quiet a long time together with hundreds of catholics from Tuyan, and its neighboring barangays, the Inayagan and Cantao-an. This tradition is really for all ages because even the older people who could barely walk went with their relatives just to experience the “Via Crucis”. And also the younger people who are not totally aware of this catholic tradition joined together with their parents just to experience this as inherited by their relatives. And in spite of the hot rays of the sun and the tricky way, the faithful people didn’t cease to walk and climb the rocky hills. Because they believed that their sacrifices will be of worth. And that their immolations were not enough compared to the trials and hardships Jesus Christ experienced on his way to Mt. Calvary.
And as a follower of God, I will not cease to experience this kind of tradition that I think is a good way to repent for our sins. As what was written in Luke 9:23 “Whoever wishes to be God’s follower must deny his very self, take up his cross each day, and follow in His steps.”
So, I will continue to carry my cross for the betterment of my soul and for God’s glory!
Alfred L. Alicabo