Road to Calvary
The Residents, staff and volunteers of the Little Sisters of the Poor of Washington D.C. presented the Road to Calvary (The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ) by Way of the 14 Stations of the Cross, March 29. What a gift to be able to embody this way of Jesus. To witness with our “eyes, touch with our hands” and to experience in our hearts the Love God has for us.
The time spent in preparing for the presentation had a contemplative feel to it. The narrators, Fr. Green and Joseph Coleman became more intense with each reading. Each participant seemed to inspire the other. Joseph de Cant who presented Jesus had such a sorrowful countenance invoking pathos – his look reminded me of a painting by Derrick Bouts (14th or 15th Century) titled The Man of Sorrows.
Also when Veronica (Irene Regan) wiped the face of Jesus there was such an expectant hush and a look of love in her eyes. There were many beautiful scenes: Jesus on the Cross, “Oh Happy Fault”- and Him reposing in the arms of His sorrowful Mother. Cecilia Joh, who played the Blessed Virgin, looked deeply grief stricken and the women of Jerusalem all huddled together, weeping as if with one heart.
All those who participated made the gift given to us possible to give to friends and family at the Home. I’m grateful to Sr. Jeanne and Joyce, Francine and Beatrice from the Activities Department for all their good work, patience and kindness.
Come Easter morn let us all raise our voices in Joy and say Christ has risen, He is truly risen.