Stations on Good Friday

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  On the evening of Good Friday, my parish performs a “Live Stations of the Cross.” However, instead of ending with the traditional 14th Station (Jesus lying in the tomb), we end with the Resurrection. Is this liturgically-correct, and should it be done?

A:  There is no one official version of the Stations of the Cross. The fourteen stations are traditional, but even Pope John Paul II changed a few of them to make a more biblically-based series of stations. I think there’s no harm in ending with the resurrection. I understand your concern that this is Good Fridaynight, and we won’t be celebrating the Resurrection until Easter. But this is a devotional exercise more than a liturgical one, so it allows some flexibility.