The students work together to present a live version of the Catholic tradition.
At 10 a.m. on Thursday (March 29) at St. Mary’s Catholic School (405 Hollybrook Dr.) students will put on a live version of Stations of the Cross to remember the events of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter.
Stations of the Cross is a series of 14 moments remembering the crucifixion of Jesus from being condemned to death to buried.
Students grades 7-9 typically participate and this year, for nostalgia’s sake, the senior class will fill in some parts. 8th grader Lawrence Scribner will fill the role of Jesus and his classmate Rebecca Dunn will fill the role of Mary.
The students spend about a month preparing for the day.
“For the students who spend several weeks preparing for it, they get a deeper appreciation for all that Jesus went through for them,” Lori Dohanich, religion teacher and coordinator of Living Staions, said. “And, because we invite the public and many of the parents join us, they feel that they are helping to lead others spiritually. 7th and 8th graders have had few opportunities, at their age, to be spiritual leaders and they take it very seriously.”
Living stations is an annual tradition at St. Mary’s for the past 23 years. It is a way for the school to celebrate Holy Week together before the students spend Good Friday through Easter Monday with their families.
“Our religion coordinator, Lori Dohanich, and our guidance counselor, Laurie Kubicek, work diligently year after year to make certain that this prayer service does more than just give an opportunity for community prayer and student participation, but that it also provides a meaningful and authentic experience that allows us in a very real way to join in the sufferings of Christ,” Principal Amy Blalock said.
The event is open to the community and there is no charge for attending. Visitors to campus can park in the church parking lot and bring a blanket or chair to sit on.
“When students see the passion acted out by people that they know and love it helps to remember that Christ is in each and every one of us and that we participate in His suffering as the body of Christ,” Blalock said.