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Take Up Your Cross
Lenten Meditations 2010

If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves
and take up their cross and follow me.
—Mark 8:34

What does it look like to “take up your cross” this Lent? Most of us don’t have big, heavy, wooden beams lying around our apartments, dorm rooms, houses or barracks. We do, however, carry burdens of debt, of not-so-smart choices, of difficult relationships, of disease, stress, addiction, transition, and uncertainty. These burdens can keep us from living into the stature of Christ, the image of God in which we were created.

It was a time of building community and preparing oneself for right relationship with God. This Lent we invite you to join others around the world in a season of self-examination, prayer, and learning. Walk this path with those around you and with those far off who are also using this guide.

This year, we’ve divided the guide into two sections. The first is called the Stations of the Cross. Artists and writers have created fourteen stations to remember the road Christ walked from the Garden at Gethsemane to the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. Each step is reflected in image and words. Traditionally the stations are walked each Friday during Lent, particularly on Good Friday. We invite you to walk them as often as you like this Lent, remembering Jesus’ Passion and considering what it means to follow in his footsteps.

The second section of this guide contains meditations for Holy Week, the days from Palm Sunday and Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem through the last supper on Maundy Thursday, his death on Good Friday and culminating on Holy Saturday.

The guide concludes with the celebration of the resurrection on Easter Day. This week constitutes the central focus of the Christian year and contains most of the central themes of the Christian faith. We invite you to set this time aside in whatever way you can and to walk with us through Holy Week to Easter Day.

Visit the Stations of the Cross: http://episcopalcommons.org/stations2010/

Receive a daily Holy Week meditation in your inbox: send an email with your e-mail address as the subject line and “join meditations” in the body to mharewood@episcopalchurch.org

May God bless you and keep you this Lenten season!

The Committee for Young Adult Ministry

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