[Episcopal Diocese of West Texas] A few years ago, the Rev. Bur Dobbins, rector of Church of the Annunciation, Luling, read a newspaper article about the Stations of the Cross being read on the London Underground. An artist had designed a booklet to read the 14 Stations of the Cross as the subway traveled from station to station. With that memory, this year, it occurred to Dobbins that the people of Annunciation could place the Stations of the Cross down the busiest street in Luling (East Davis St. – the street with the popular City Market Bar-B-Q).
So, in store windows along East Davis Street, 14 stations have been placed. Each station is marked by an image on an 11×17 piece of paper. Dobbins places meditation booklets outside on benches lining the businesses each morning during this Holy Week. The booklets contain the picture representing each station, a reflection, and Scripture.
“It is amazing how supportive the business owners were of the project, even if they had never heard about the Stations of the Cross. The same thing was true for the Luling Ministerial Alliance, though many do not observe this tradition in their churches,” said Dobbins. He first presented the idea to the alliance before approaching the businesses along East Davis St.
Everyone in the community is invited to walk these stations alone or with friends. The path will lead one to pray at the second station in front of the China Palace, pause at the sixth station in front of an antique store, or read a reflection at the twelfth station in front of Melinda’s Beauty Works. The congregation’s prayer is that during the ordinary part of someone’s day, they will glance at a window and see a Station of the Cross, and pause for a moment.
“Imagine seeing a drawing with the words ‘Jesus Falls a Second Time.’ Hopefully, this would cause anyone to stop and give thanks for Christ’s sacrifices for us,” said Dobbins.
On Good Friday at noon, people in Luling will gather in front of the first station and walk the Stations of the Cross together.
This is the first year to hit the streets with the Stations of the Cross, and the church hopes it will become a tradition that impacts the lives of the people in their community.
— Laura Shaver is communications officer for the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. The Rev. Bur Dobbins, rector of Church of the Annunciation, Luling, contributed to this story.
Photo: Station 5 in the window of Suzanne’s Designs (flower shop), “Simon helps Jesus to carry his cross.”