In September, Saint Patrick’s Church, Bellefontaine, received 14 hand-carved Stations of the Cross, images depicting scenes from Jesus Christ’s passion and death. They were designed, carved and painted in Peru by a company called Santa Teresita. The company originated in Italy, but relocated to Peru around World War II. The images are ¾ reliefs that are hand-carved in cedar. The decorative frames are made from resin poured into a mold. They measure approximately 54” from top to bottom.
The 14 Stations of the Cross depict the final hours leading up to Jesus Christ’s saving death on the cross. They begin with His condemnation to death by Pontius Pilate and end with His body being placed in a tomb. Other scenes include Christ falling under the weight of the cross, His encounter with His mother Mary, Jesus meeting the women of Jerusalem, and Jesus being nailed to the cross. The beauty of these Stations of the Cross have touched parishioners in many ways, even bringing some to the verge of tears.
The Stations of the Cross are a traditional Catholic devotion by which people pray and meditate on the saving power of the cross. This devotion is particularly popular during Lent (the forty days leading up to Easter). The pastor, Father Shawn Landenwitch, hopes that these stations will deepen the community’s devotion to Jesus Christ and the victory of His cross.
The new Stations of the Cross were designed to replicate the set that once hung on the walls of Saint Patrick Church until they were removed around 1980. The addition of the new Stations of the Cross is part of a larger project to restore Saint Patrick Church to its original design. Anyone who is interested in viewing the Stations is welcome to come to the church during office hours or during Mass on the weekends.
Submitted by St. Patrick’s Church, Bellefontaine.