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Stations blessed in time for Lent

Blessed day: Fr Dan Carroll, Hamish Walsh, Bishop Brian Finnigan, Brisbane artist Cees Sliedrecht, and Joshua Sutton.

Blessed day: Fr Dan Carroll, Hamish Walsh, Bishop Brian Finnigan, Brisbane artist Cees Sliedrecht, and Joshua Sutton.

JINDALEE parishioners have a new way to enter more deeply into Christ’s sorrowful passion during Lent with the blessing of a new set of Stations of the Cross.

Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Brian Finnigan blessed the painted stations on February 23 in the presence of the painter, Brisbane artist Cees Sliedrecht.

Bishop Finnigan also blessed a new stained-glass window of the Baptism of Jesus.

Parish priest Fr Dan Carroll said Stations of the Cross were an important devotion in the history of the Catholic Church.

“The Stations of the Cross have been an essential ingredient in the devotional life of Catholics for many centuries,” Fr Carroll said.

“Every Catholic church and chapel in the world has the Stations of the Cross.

“The scene in each station enables us to reflect on the sufferings of Christ, on his way to Cavalry.

“Jesus said ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him take us his cross daily and follow me’.

“By meditating on the sufferings of Jesus one deepens their understanding of Jesus’ divine love.

“One also finds a more faith-filled understanding of their own sufferings.

“When we unite our sufferings with Jesus our sufferings take on an infinite value.”

The Stations of the Cross are accompanied by a reflection sheet, with each station matched with a Scripture passage and short prayer.

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