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12th Annual Downtown Way of the Cross

12th Annual Good Friday Via Crucis!

Date: Good Friday, March 25, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

Location: St. Mary of Victories Catholic Church

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cross 2014St. Mary of Victories and the St. Louis community of Communion and Liberation have been hosting the Good Friday Way of the Cross for over ten years now.  The tradition continues this year with the 11th annual Way of the Cross through downton St. Louis.  We offer our prayer up for the poor and homeless of St. Louis, especially those in teh Chouteau's Landing area.  

We will begin the Way of the Cross at 12:00 p.m. with mid-day prayer and readings in St. Mary's church followed by a procession from St. Mary's courtyard to the southwest entrance of the Gateway Arch Park - Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park, to the Old Cathedral, then we will process silently to Kiener plaza and back to St. Mary's via Broadway.  The 14th station will be prayed outside the St. Marys.  St. Mary of Victories will have a 3:00 passion service.  

St. Mary of Victories is located on the east side of the I-55 overpass.  It has a gated parking lot for parking and some on-street parking is available.  The Church can be difficult to locate.  Detailed directions can be found by clicking "Directions & Google Map" in the left side menu and a map of the procession route.  We have changed the route a bit with a detour to Kiener Plaza then back to St. Mary's via Broadway.

Communion and Liberation

Communion and Liberation (CL) is a Catholic lay movement.  CL synthesizes the conviction that the Christian event, lived in communion, is the foundation of the authentic liberation of man. There is no type of membership card, but only the free participation of persons. The basic instrument for the formation of adherents is weekly catechesis, called “School of Community.”  There is a CL community in St. Louis that meets bi-monthly for prayer and friendship.

Communion and Liberation was founded by Msgr. Luigi Giussani in Milan Italy while teaching high school students.  The students of Msgr. Giussani were greatly motivated by his witness to Christ's presence in their lives that they brought his message with them to college and beyond.  CL has recognition from Rome as a official Ecclesial lay movement and is present in nations throughout the world.  For info on CL in the USA go to their website: www.clonline.us.

Way of The Cross Procession Map & Details

The procession will start from St. mary of Victories then head down Cedar to 1st street, through the Arch Park into downtown and back to St. Mary of Victories.  See the below map of the procession:

Procession Map A

The 12th Annual Good Friday Way of the Cross will be held this year on March 25.  The procession starts at St. Mary of Victories Church in St. Louis t0 the Old Cathedral, then process to Kiener plaza and back to St. Mary's via Broadway.

The event will begin and end at St Mary of Victories.  The procession will start following Morning Prayer and a couple readings.  The first two stations will be prayed in the Church building.  From there we will process out of St. Mary's Church to the courtyard where the third station will be prayed.

The procession then leads out of the courtyard down Cedar st. to 1st st.   It heads north to Poplar st, turns left onto Poplar st. to the southwest entrance of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park, Gateway Arch park.  It will wind through the park to the Old Cathedral.  From the Old Cathedral we will head to Kiener Plaza.  The 14th station will be read back at St. Mary's Church.

A Prayer for St. Mary of Victories

Our heavenly Father, / long ago you inspired our German forefathers in the Faith / to raise this beautiful house of prayer and sacrifice / in honor of your Son's most holy Mother, / Our Lady of Victories. Your Providence then brought many Hungarians here / under the co-patronage of the holy King, Saint Stephen. / We humbly place before you today / the spiritual and temporal needs of our historic church / and its present-day community. / Grant us the grace to discern your holy will, / and to fulfill  it zealously as faithful witnesses to the Gospel, / here in the old heart of our city, / for as long as it may please your Divine Majesty.

Saint Mary of Victories, pray for us!
 Saint Stephen of Hungary, pray for us!

Amen.

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