The Way of the cross is a tradition practiced in Christian communities around the world. People of faith gather in public places to act out the passion of Jesus. Through this dramatic public liturgy, we remember who we are as people of faith and why we believe that even the greatest of evils will not have the last word. Just as the Jewish people recall the central story of their faith at passover dinner, retelling the story of Jesus’ suffering cast in the contemporary context, serves as a powerful critique of the social sins of our own times — some of the same sins for which Jesus and countless other faith-filled people have died.
This year, Good Friday falls on Earth Day. As we celebrate the fact that Earth sustains all life, we also bear witness to the ways in which Earth itself has suffered at the hands of unjust policies and practices that support our global economy and our very way of life. Economic and Ecological Way of the Cross was prepared by the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach with the help of staff at the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. We will be using this version Washington, DC on Good Friday, April 22, 2011, beginning at noon on the west side of the Capitol Building, and we encourage local communities to edit and use this resource in your own geographical context. Also see the Faith Economy Ecology Resource page to download a copy!