Stations of the Light
This devotion is also called Via Lucis, Latin for "The Way of Light." It is a recent devotion proper to the post-Easter liturgical period.
The new practice has characteristics similar to the Way of the Cross (Via Crucis) and can be prayed individually or in community. A Paschal candle or icon of the Resurrection is carried, rather than a cross.
The Via Lucis includes fourteen stations for reflection, from Christ’s resurrection to Pentecost. The service may include readings of the biblical narratives corresponding to each station, followed by silence, meditative prayer, and a hymn.
We now have new Stations of Light mounted on our courtyard walls. The stations are a gift from parishioner and artist, Mary Ellen Rouen, and are a beautiful way to continue to embrace the Easter season in prayer.
You are invited to pray along with the Stations of Light, also known as the Via Lucis, and pray with the events of the post-Resurrection Lord. Scripturally based and inspired by the catacombs, you may particularly enjoy them if you followed the devotion to praying the Stations of the Cross during the Fridays of Lent.
The Stations follow the footsteps of the Risen Lord and are:
Station 1: Jesus rises from the dead (Mt 28:5-6)
Station 2: Women find the empty tomb (Mt 28:1-6)
Station 3: The risen Lord appears to Mary Magdalene (Jn 20:16)
Station 4: Mary Magdalene proclaims the Resurrection to the apostles (Jn 20:18)
Station 5: The risen Lord appears on the road to Emmaus (Lk 24:13-27)
Station 6: The risen Lord is recognized in the breaking of the bread (Lk 24:36-39)
Station 7: The risen Lord appears to the disciples in Jerusalem (Lk 24:36-39)
Station 8: The risen Lord gives the disciples the power to forgive (Jn 20:22-23a)
Station 9: The risen Lord strengthens the faith of Thomas (Jn 20:24-29)
Station 10: The risen Lord says to Peter, “Feed my sheep” (Jn 21:15-17)
Station 11: The risen Lord sends the disciples into the whole world (Mt 28:16-20)
Station 12: The risen Lord ascends into heaven (Acts 1:9-11)
Station 13: Waiting with Mary in the Upper Room (Acts 1:12-14)
Station 14: The risen Lord sends the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:2-4)