Bishop John Noonan invites you to observe Good Friday by participating in Stations of the Cross at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando on April 22 at 10:00 a.m. This will be the first time Catholics will gather with Bishop Noonan at Lake Eola for Stations of the Cross and we will be joined by Bishop Louis Campese from the Cathedral of the Incarnation, an Anglican Tradition Church located in Orlando.
On Good Friday, Stations of the Cross allow us to meditate on Christ’s passion and death. In a venue such as the path around Lake Eola, we also publicly express our faith. The devotion at Lake Eola will be the Scriptural Stations of the Cross that are used by the Holy Father in Rome on this day. The procession of all 14 stations around the lake will begin and end at the Lake Eola Amphitheatre.
The devotion known as “the way” or Stations of the Cross has its origins in the early Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem who walked the Via Dolorosa just as Jesus walked on his way to being crucified. In the 12th and 13th centuries, when pilgrims made their way back to their homes in Europe, the desire to walk the Way of the Cross led them to build “stations” around their city’s cathedral or their own parish church and meditate on Christ’s passion and death.