BELFAST — Women from five Midcoast churches will participate in a dramatic Holy Week event: a retelling of the crucifixion story titled Women of the Passion: A journey to the Cross.
Women from Belfast’s First Church, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church and St. Francis of Assisi Church and Hampden Congregational Church will present “Women of the Passion” on Wednesday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m., at St. Margaret’s Church, 95 Court St., Belfast. All are welcome.
Organized much like traditional “Stations of the Cross,” this version features narration of each station by a woman mentioned in the Bible whose life was transformed by her encounter with Jesus. Fourteen women tell of their experience of him and then describe their emotion as they witness his crucifixion.
“Women of the Passion,” written more than 20 years ago by journalist Katie Sherrod for a parish retreat in Fort Worth, Texas, has been presented in hundreds of churches across the country since then. Published in 2006, it is now available in book form from Amazon.
The moving stories are told by Mary Magdalen, the woman taken in adultery, the woman with the flow of blood, the mother of John and James and nine more. Three meditations begin the observance and recount the anointing of Jesus in the temple by a woman, his denial by Peter and the frightening dream of Pilate’s wife.
The readings end with Mary’s grief as a mother over the loss of her son and the peace she finds as she places him in the tomb.