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Praying the Stations of the Cross: Finding Hope in a Weary Land

Praying the Stations of the Cross: Finding Hope in a Weary Land

by Margaret Adams Parker, Katherine Sonderegger




An ancient practice strengthens our awareness of God’s healing presence. 

“Suffering, sorrow, injustice, confusion, and death can touch any of us, at any time . . . the Stations can offer consolation and comfort when we are grieving; healing and restoration when we are parched; inspiration and guidance when we are searching or lost or simply beset by the turmoil and temptation, isolation and insecurity that unsettle all our lives.” —From the introduction

Praying the Stations of the Cross offers a life-transforming spiritual practice. Grounded in Scripture, the Stations remind readers of the overarching power of God’s love for all people and our steadfast hope for redemption, a sure and true comfort in the face of pain and sorrow. 

Artist Margaret Adams Parker and theologian Katherine Sonderegger make the Stations of the Cross accessible for those new to the practice and offer compelling insight to those with long familiarity. Equally useful for individuals, groups, and congregations, Praying the Stations of the Cross can be used as an ongoing spiritual practice, a service offered in times of sorrow, struggle, or conflict, or a Lenten devotion. 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802876645
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Margaret Adams Parker is a professional artist and theological educator, deeply committed to the visual arts as a means of biblical interpretation and an aid to prayer.

Katherine Sonderegger is William Meade Professor of Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary and the author of The Doctrine of God, Volume 1 in a multi-volume Systematic, and That Jesus Christ Was Born a Jew: Karl Barth's "Doctrine of Israel."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Section I Bearing Witness through the Stations of the Cross

Why the Stations 7

Passion Meditations in Word, Image, and Song 13

A History of the Stations 19

Suggestions for Praying the Stations 23

Section II Praying the Stations

A Service of Scripture, Prayer, Image, and Meditation 27

Section III Resources for Further Study

Artist's Afterword 143

Preacher's Afterword 149

Recommendations for Further Reading: An Annotated Bibliography 153

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