Last night, the 8th grade religious education students offered a Living Stations of the Cross in the Church. The DRE, Arlene Astrowski, did such a wonderful job of working with these kids with very limited time to gather them to rehearse. It was simply done and with adolescent reverence (meaning that there were smirks and uncomfortable fidgeting that comes with teens doing something that serious in front of their friends).
Before I took my class to the Church for the experience, one of my students asked, “Are we going to see that play today?” I explained that the Living Stations are not a play…not a performance…and we are not spectators. I told the class that it is a prayer that we participate in. I think that helped them to behave a little bit better. The fact is, kids are so used to being passive spectators and being entertained that it is difficult to break them of that mind set when they go to Church for any kind of prayer or liturgy. We need to remind them of their role as the assembly.
P.S. Check out this online version of the Stations of the Cross