Digital Discipleship: Transforming Ministry Through Technology

Loyola Press has prepared a wonderful multimedia stations of the cross* for children.  There is a PDF document that you can download and/or print out.  In addition, there is a wonderful multimedia meditation with music and images that could be shared with your families or used in your classroom with your students.

Let’s just brainstorm quickly how you could use this multimedia presentation:

  1. Email the families of the children in your program or class. Encourage parents to share the stations prayer with their children.   Include a short invitation to your parish Stations of the Cross that will be held at your parish during Lent. Remember to include the link of this meditation in your email message.  Link:  http://www.loyolapress.com/multimedia-stations-of-the-cross-for-children.htm
  2. Open or close your class (or meeting) with the online meditation.  If you do not have access to the Internet, you can download a copy of the PDF file to your computer showing the meditation on your computer screen and/or projecting the image on a screen using a LCD projector.  Invite different students to say the prayer for each station.  You may want to have a CD Player with an appropriate choice of music in the background.
  3. If you do not have a way to show the multimedia presentation, print the meditation out and go over to your church.  You can distribute a copy of the prayer for each of the stations to the students and as you proceed from station to station, the student can read the prayer for the group.

To engage the students in being very involved in creating their stations of the cross, once you have a printed copy of the meditation distribute the sections of the meditation to small groups and/or individual students.  Invite them to create their own images for the station using any variety of media – pens, markers, crayons, etc.  Invite them to bring their drawings to class.  Collect the images and ask a high school student to scan the images for you.  Once they are in a Digital format, work with your webmaster to add the stations that have been created by your students to the parish website.

If students have access to a computer either in the classroom or at home, direct them to a shared folder using Google Docs – Presentation.  If you need information about this Google option, go to (GDocs Presentation ) or Google Docs Tutorial.  If you are interested in embedding this presentation into your blog, go to Embedding Google Docs in Your Blog Posts ) .

Of course there are other tools that you can use to create an image of the Station that you have been assigned.  For those using mobile tools (especially the iPad), you may want to encourage your families to work on creating their own Stations of the Cross with their children.  For the types of tools to recommend to your families, go to – Top 10 Apps for Digital Storytelling.  Often these tools will allow you to share links of completed projects with others.  You can ask your families to email to you the links of their meditations.  These links can then be included on your websites and/or blogs.

If you are looking for other Stations of the Cross Meditations, either for your classroom or to suggest to your families, you may want to explore:

Children’s Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross Carousel

Stations of the Cross for Teens

You Tube Videos – Stations of the Cross – A puppet version of the Stations of the Cross. The puppet show is created by Jesuit Brother Edward Sheehy.

Would love to hear your stories and ideas of how you are using online videos and involving your students this Lent using electronic tools.

If you like this article, click the “Like” button or add your comment to this blog.  Or, forward to others who are interested in Stations of the Cross with their children.

* The stations images are from Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Inc., Hanceville, Alabama as shown in the Loyola Press website article “Multimedia Stations of the Cross for Children”?

(c)2012,  Caroline Cerveny

Comments on: "Stations of the Cross – Multimedia for Lent" (10)

  1. This is a great resource! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kayoko Go,sim said:

    Beautiful but no relevancy to personal life, communal life, and to the society, to the world today. It is good to get a glimpse of the suffering of Christ Himself, which is very important to find the meaning of personal and communal suffering, how do we bring it to these beautiful pictures? Maybe that is the part we can develop with the student God places under our care. Kayoko Go

    • Kayoko, I’m not sure I really understand what you are saying. The prayer is part of the experience and the pictures illustrate the journey of Christ’s suffering. The audience of this prayer are children, and I’m assuming elementary age children. What is appropriate for a child?

  3. Mary McDonald said:

    I agree with Kayoko – beautiful images and music but no connection to what it means for us today – example – Jesus is condemned – have you ever felt condemned? or condemned someone who had really not done anything wrong? Do we condemn those who are not like everyone else and exclude them?
    We have to help kids make the faith connections to real life or they interpret this as an event in history.

    Mary McDonald
    Director Faith Formation
    St Hubert Catholic community.

    • Thank you Mary! If you had time, it would be a contribution to “rewrite” the prayer for these stations. Or, if you are aware of other websites to recommend or other resources that will help kids make the faith connections to real life – please share with this online community.

  4. I shared this with some young adults. Their lives are extremely busy with work, family, and “staying connected” through Facebook, texting, etc with family and friends. Pausing for a few minutes to watch this video with its limited use of words allowed them to re-connect with the heart-experience of being followers of Jesus instead of the head/verbal/thinking mode that they usually operate in. At that age, they didn’t need to be told how to connect the images of Jesus’ suffering with their own lives. They made the connections on their own. This video is a great example of how a parish can do “non-gathered” catechesis.

  5. cheryl smith said:

    I would just like to share a couple of ideas that I used with stations this year. The first idea I did was to assign 2 or 3 stations to each grade from 3rd – 7th and then the class talked about the stations and ‘told the story’ in their own way and then I video taped each class and I will put them all together and show their version of the stations to the group and invite the parents. For example, the fourth grade students did a ‘stick figure’ puppet show of the 4th station about a child being bullied and then went home to his mother and she was there to support and encourage him through his ‘bad time’…the KIDS came up with the interpretation of the station and then made the ‘stick puppets’ and presented that station. (they also made sock puppets and did a station using those). I can’t wait to put it all together and watch it with all of the grades together! (it was a lot of work, but I think it will be worth it)

    The other thing that I did with the stations is a YOUTH GROUP presentation of Silhouette Stations… but it also incorporates a short video (I made with windows movie maker) of modern day pictures set to song that tells the story of what each of the stations might mean today.

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