Thursday, March 12, 2009

Resources - Stations of the Cross Materials

As promised, this blog entry includes more resources and information on celebrating Stations of the Cross with children. It includes information on making your own Stations of the Cross devotional area, a supplier for Resurrection eggs, and some of our favorite books and other media on Stations of the Cross.

1. Creating your own Stations of the Cross devotional area

This section provides more information on making your own Stations, including resources for artwork, how to make little shrines, and more.

Holy Spirit Interactive has downloadable and printable stations of the cross.

The Monastery Icons website sells some beautiful Byzantine icons depicting each station. They are a bit pricey, but they could become cherished heirlooms to pass down to your children.

Our Sunday Visitor publishes a poster that depicts the Stations of the Cross with simple colored drawings.This link gives more information:

Stations of the Cross, Poster Set

Illuminated Ink has a simple Stations of the Cross grotto kit you can make wit your kids:

You could use these simple line-art drawings to make your own stations.

This link gives information on making shrines from popsicle sticks. It is from one of my favorite Lenten resource books, Lent and Easter in the Domestic Church by Peter and Catherine Fournier.

Another one of my favorite books, Catholic Traditions in Crafts by Ann Ball, describe how to make Outdoor Metal Stations of the Cross with aluminum sheets and an engraver. You can find the book at This link gives you more information.

Catholic Traditions in Crafts

This might be a fun project for the upcoming year -- make your own Way of the Cross stepping stones and create your own garden! These are quite elaborate, but I think you could adapt them and create a more kid-friendly project:

If you want to create a permanent outdoor devotional area, you can purchase weatherproof stations from these two websites :

EWTN Catalog

Catholic Supply has a small set that retails for about $295.

2. Make a Game of It

"Resurrection eggs" are a great "hands-on" way to meditate on the Stations of the Cross. The kit includes a plastic egg carton and 12 plastic eggs that contain little items symbolizing Jesus’ passion and death. These are available from many Christian booksellers and Here is a link to information about it on the Amazon website:

Resurrection Eggs

3. Provide things for your children to do during parish devotions.

When I attend traditional stations with my daughter, I bring a small cloth bag filled with appropriate and quiet things to keep her busy. Besides a Way of the Cross coloring book, I rotate several child-friendly books that are written about the Stations. Here are some books you might consider.

The Story of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross for Children

This is a small, inexpensive paperback published by Catholic Publishing:

The Way of the Cross for Children

This one is by Pauline Books and Media:

Childrens Way of Cross (More for Kids)

This classic little book is by Father Lawrence G. Lovasik:

The Stations of the Cross

Do you have any favorite resources? I would love to hear about them!

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