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Culpeper Times • April 6-12, 2017

Way of the Cross brings church community together By Jeff Say

CULPEPER TIMES STAFF WRITER

Congregations from Culpeper’s churches will walk together in the name of the Lord Saturday, during the inaugural Way of the Cross. The 1.5 mile spiritual procession will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and will follow a route hitting a majority of the churches in the town of Culpeper, where a scripture will be read and a prayer said before moving on to the next location. Similar to the Roman Catholic tradition of the Stations of the Cross, the Way of the Cross came about following a meeting between Pastor Kate Costa of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and Dr. Michael Watts, Advisory Council President for Epiphany Catholic School. “I like to meet with Pastor Kate, just to be good neighbors, and we started talking about how 2017 was the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation,” Watts said. “This came out of that and we decided to open it up to other churches.” Costa said that the walk has been designed to not only honor the reformation but to bring the spiritual community of Culpeper together during the Easter season. Over the years,

she’s seen the church community come together on projects like the Culpeper Warming Shelter, but she said it’s important for the churches to learn to worship together as well. Watts, who is also attending seminary school to become a deacon in the Catholic church, pointed out that the Way of the Cross is set up in the style of scriptural Stations of the Cross, implemented by Pope John Paul II in 1991. “The ancient tradition of the ‘Way of the Cross’ originated in the Holy Land where pilgrims to this day trace the footsteps of Christ to Mount Calvary,” Watts said. “This is a way to celebrate that locally when people might not have the chance to travel.” Shuttles for the Way of the Cross will begin at 10 a.m., as participants are encouraged to park at United Methodist Church and be shuttled to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church where the procession will begin at 10:30 a.m. The 1.5 mile trek will then visit other local churches such as His Village, Precious Blood Catholic Church, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Reformation Lutheran Church, Culpeper Baptist, Culpeper Presbyterian Church and many others. A full list of churches and a map of the route can be found at CulpeperCross.info.

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April 6th, 2017 -- Culpeper Times  

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