Stations of the Cross

Fourth graders at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion lead the reading of the Stations of the Cross, a weekly Christian devotion during the 40 days known as the Lenten season. Students from the second grade were acolytes, leading the faithful from station to station, representing the Via Dolorosa or "Way of Sorrow" in Jerusalem. The entire school prays at each of the 14 statues or "stations" in the historic Vermillion church that together tell the Gospel story of Jesus' journey to Golgotha, or the Place of the Skull, on Calvary, the place of his crucifixion. Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the season of Lent. It is a season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, which prepares us for Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday.