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The New Stations of the Cross: The Way of the Cross According to Scripture [Paperback]

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In recent years, Pope John Paul II has revised the traditional devotion Stations of the Cross. In this helpful, authoritative guide, Megan McKenna presents the fourteen new stations with the scriptural passages that the Pope uses on Good Friday. "The New Stations of the Cross" provides a basic introduction to the practice and reflections on the importance of the devotion for present-day Catholics and Episcopalians.

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One of today's most popular and respected Catholic writers presents the first guide to the new Stations of the Cross, reflecting the revisions made by Pope John Paul II.
A traditional devotion for Catholics for more than four hundred years, the Stations of the Cross commemorates the route Jesus traveled from being sentenced to death, crucified, and then buried in a borrowed tomb on the outskirts of Jerusalem. In the past, the devotion included a number of stations based on popular stories of piety and devotion, but not mentioned in the Gospels. Over the past eight years, however, Pope John Paul II has made substantial changes to the devotion in his Good Friday celebrations of the stations, removing those not found in the Bible and replacing them with stations that more accurately follow scriptural accounts of Christ's passion.
The revised Stations of the Cross focuses on the condemned Jesus and on the community walking the way with him to the cross. Unrelieved by stories like Veronica's wiping blood off the face of Jesus and his meeting with his mother; this is a story of an execution. The new stations deal directly with the pain, suffering, betrayal, and injustice to which Jesus was subjected. In explaining his reasons for revising the stations, the Pope has said that the alterations are intended to serve as a model for other devotions and to encourage the return to the Scriptures as the source of and inspiration for contemporary worship.
In this helpful, authoritative guide, Megan McKenna presents the fourteen new stations with the scriptural passages that Pope John Paul II uses on Good Friday. She also provides a basic introduction to the practices and reflections on the importance of the devotion for present-day Catholics and Episcopalians.

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The New Stations of the Cross: The Way of the Cross According to Scripture by McKenna has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 01/15/2003
  • Publishers Weekly - 12/23/2002 page 62
  • Library Journal - 01/01/2003 page 123

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Studio: Image
Pages   121
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.22" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 21, 2003
Publisher   Image
ISBN  0385508158  
ISBN13  9780385508155  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! MEGAN MCKENNA is an internationally known author, lecturer, retreat leader, and spiritual director. She received her doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkley, California, and has taught and worked in India, Singapore, Manila (East Asian Pastoral Institute), Maryknoll Mission Institutes in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Dublin, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she currently lives. In 2001 Megan McKenna was made an Ambassador of Peace by Pax Christi USA. She is the author of more than fifteen books, including Send My Roots Rain, published by Doubleday.

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What happened to Tradition?  Jun 6, 2008
Why do these so-called "Catholics" want to satisfy the Jews and Protestants so much? Change the Stations of the Cross to agree with the Gospel instead of Tradition? Don't they know that Tradition existed before the Gospel? The Gospel came from Tradition. Changes, changes, and more changes! Since Vatican II there has been change after change after change. More evidence that the Vatican ceases to be Catholic but started a new religion with Vatican II. The true Catholics are in exile, treated differently, because we have kept the Faith and the Sacraments unchanged.
Challenges Reader to See Christ in the World  Apr 23, 2006
For most of us, it's pretty easy to ignore the implications of Matt. 25:34-40 (full passage below), when Christ tells his followers that he is found in the poor and disenfranchised of this world, and that to serve them is to serve him.

"In the New Stations of the Cross," Megan McKenna provides a powerful reminder. For each of the stations, as revised by Pope John Paul II, she provides an intimate glimpse into Christ's experience and then goes on to show how that same kind of suffering can be found in the world today.

This book is worth reading and rereading!

Matthew 25: 34-40 (NAB)
Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?' And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'
Excellent meditations for Christians  Nov 14, 2003
The Stations of the Cross are a series of meditations developed by the Catholic church hundreds of years ago to help Christians commemorate, honor and identify with the sufferings of Christ.

The traditional Stations consist of fourteen meditations on the events of Christ's final day on earth beginning with Christ in the garden and ending with him being placed in the tomb. Since their creation, the Stations' focus on Christ has become intermixed with stories of piety or tradition not necessarily mentioned in the gospel accounts.

I have a 1925 Catholic Pocket Manual with the approved Stations of the Cross in it. I have benefited from the eloquent way the Stations take the reader through the seminal events of Christ's suffering; however, I have also been frustrated by the elevation of Mary's stature in these Stations to one of similar footing as the Lord's.

In The New Stations of the Cross, McKenna bases her interpretation on the recent revisions to the Stations made by Pope John Paul II. His substantial changes have been designed to bring the Stations into stronger congruence with the gospel accounts of Christ's passion.

McKenna's writing is focused primarily on Jesus. Other topics are interpreted in their relation to him and his suffering.
In addition to the traditional fourteen stations, McKenna completes the journey by adding a fifteenth station on the resurrection.

McKenna's writing demonstrates a tenderness and sympathy toward the suffering of Christ that is rarely conveyed in books. She writes from the perspective of one who has spent considerable time studying the topics she addresses in each of the Stations.

The New Stations of the Cross serves as a guide to the Christian desiring to set aside superfluous dogma and focus on the singular chain of events of Christianity.

The writing is superb and attempts to paint the picture of Christ's suffering, so that the reader can see the impact of torture and pain on Christ.

The following is a sample taken from McKenna's writing on the Sixth Station in which Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns, "The way becomes fraught with horror. Now Jesus is utterly alone and handed over simply to be tortured, terrified, made sport of as immediate preparation for his grisly and ghastly public execution...They will intentionally work on dehumanizing him, demeaning him, and instill in him a taste of what is to come, taking his dignity from him piece by piece, as they take pieces of his skin and make him bleed, inflicting pain for the sake of inflicting pain."

McKenna brings the reader face to face with what Jesus endured and with the truly remarkable love and submission he exercised in his endurance.

In some of the chapters, McKenna may seem to digress from her focus on the biblical events as she discusses current issues as relating to the Station being discussed. This reminds the reader that the suffering of Christ does not take place in an historical vacuum but is present today in the suffering of our time.

When we sympathize with the suffering of Christ portrayed in this book and in the gospels, we are encouraged to see the suffering of Christ in the poor, oppressed, addicted and accused around us and not turn a cold shoulder to them.

The New Stations of the Cross is an excellent guide for individuals and groups desiring to look right into the heart of Christianity.

INVITES YOU - to meditation, and daily practice in your life  May 31, 2003
This book provides, I beleive, both ample opportunities for the reader to deepen their capacity for compassion and also guidance as to how to apply lessons from the Cross to their daily living.
Although it can be read quickly it's suggested that you'd be doing your spiritual development an injustice to read it this way. - There are so many instances where the text INVITES you into it, to pause and take the time to explore it, to meditate ......... and somewhere in this process to so ingrain the insight in yourself that you're apt to recall it and then practice it, in your daily living. Isn't this, weather we bring guidance from a spiritual book into practice in our daily living a major measure of the value of the reading ?
Although I doubt that I'll read it again, in entirety, I'm convinced that I'll read portions of it , again, repeatedly !

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