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The Way of the Cross

The Way of the Cross is a moving, inspirational way for churches to inspire prayer at Easter.  

It consists of a set fifteen powerful images of persecuted Christians which illustrate and illuminate the story of Christ's death and resurrection.

Displayed as prayer stations around your church or chosen venue, each image is also accompanied by a passage from the gospel accounts of Jesus' passion, and a reflection to inspire prayer. 

You can use this any time, but as a Holy Week display, or a Good Friday meditation, it will be a powerful, moving way for members of your church – and visitors – to reflect on the events of Jesus’ passion, and to remind themselves of how persecuted Christians continue to walk the way of the cross every day.

Images shown in the video are from the 2023 edition of this resource. For the updated images see below.

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  • Fifteen powerful images, each with a Bible passage and reflection for prayer
  • Two explanatory prints which explain the context and encourage interaction
  • Available in A3 format, printed on high-quality paper
  • Includes giveaway prayer cards for visitors to take away from their visit
  • Takes participants through the journey of Holy Week, culminating in resurrection, new life and victory over death.
  • A great way to inspire personal prayer and to connect with the events of Jesus’ passion
  • Challenging and inspiring for both regular congregants and visitors alike
  • Can be used as a one-off event, or throughout Holy Week.

Sample images below. Click on the image to see more detail.

What sizes are available?
The prints are available as A3 images, printed on high-quality 200gsm matt coated paper.

What do they cost?
These are free to order. But, as you will appreciate, they are not an inexpensive resource to produce! So, if you are able, we would ask for you to consider a minimum donation of £15 for each pack. 

How do I display them?
How you display them is up to you. They can be put straight onto the walls, or, if you would prefer a firmer backing, you could fix them to card or foam backing boards. Whatever suits your venue. 

Is this the same as the traditional 'Stations of the Cross'?
For centuries Christians have followed Jesus’ journey using different ‘stations’ of the cross. Increasingly the concept is being adapted by churches from different traditions. The Open Doors resource follows the form and readings used in the Anglican liturgy. And while the traditional format has 14 stations which end with the crucifixion, our version has a fifteenth ‘station’ celebrating the true destination of Jesus’ journey: resurrection, new life and victory over death.

When should they be used?
Although they can be used any time, the prints have been designed to be used during Holy Week. You can put them up for a one-off event – such as a prayer evening or during Good Friday. Or you could have them on display throughout Holy Week for visitors to your church to interact with. It’s entirely up to you. 

How will people interact with the prints?
All the prints are numbered, and come with a Bible passage and text to help people reflect and pray. So visitors will simply follow the journey and pray as they feel led. You can also order prayer cards for people to take away. These will have one of the images on one side along with ides for further prayer and action to support the persecuted church. 


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