The Way of the Cross

Date: February 10, 2021

I am pleased to announce the release of a new video, The Way of the Cross, for use in worship and individual devotion during the season of Lent. The video includes images of the Stations of the Cross by Margaret Adams Parker and music composed by me.

The Way of the Cross video is available free of charge through the VTS Lifelong Learning Youtube Channel, which you can access on our Lifelong Learning affiliated website, Building Faith. Please share it widely with parishes, dioceses, ministry networks, and friends.

The devotion known as the Way of the Cross, found in The Book of Occasional Services, is an adaptation of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem. Through scripture, art, and music, the video invites us to walk with Christians of every generation on a virtual pilgrimage, meditating on our Lord’s passion and death.

In this era of online worship, many smaller parishes struggle with video production and copyright permissions. Even in larger parishes, staff members are facing exhaustion and burnout as they cope with the ongoing pandemic. As a way of sharing our resources, VTS is offering this video as a gift to the wider Church.

The video will also be useful for individuals and small groups to use throughout the season. Lifelong Learning is providing a set of accompanying questions for reflection and discussion. Spanish language versions of the video and supplemental materials will be available in the days ahead. At VTS, we will use The Way of the Cross in worship on Friday mornings in Lent.

Like most successful projects, this video production has involved contributions by many people: Dean Ian Markham, who has been supportive from its inception; the Rt. Rev. James Mathes; the Rev. Dr. James Farwell; Peggy Parker; Curtis Prather; Duane Lomis; Dr. Lisa Kimball and the entire Lifelong Learning team; and a gifted musical ensemble. May this offering be a blessing to all who seek to observe a holy Lent by following the Way of the Cross.

Marty Wheeler Burnett, D.Min.
Acting Associate Dean of Chapel (Spring 2021)
Associate Professor of Church Music and Director of Chapel Music

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