African Way of the Cross Following Our Local African Situation Especially the Sufferings, Crosses, and Problems of Our Everyday Life
(Composed in consultation with Small Christian Communities [SCCs] in East Africa)
1st Station: “Jesus is Condemned to Death.”
Theme: Apartheid, Detention without Trial, Discrimination, Favoritism, Violations of Human Rights, Hypocrisy, Injustice, Torture, Tribalism, Ethnic Cleansing, Genocide, and Unfair Trials.
2nd Station: “Jesus Takes Up His Cross.”
Theme: Hunger, Famine, Drought, Dirty Water, and Floods.
3rd Station: “Jesus Falls the First Time.”
Theme: Sin Especially Breaking the Ten Commandments.
4th Station: “Jesus Meets His Mother.”
Theme: Family Problems, Wife-beating, Polygamy, Unwanted Pregnancies, Unwanted Orphans, Discord, Hatred, Holding Grudges, In-fighting, and Jealousy.
5th Station: “Simon of Cyrene Takes up the Cross of Jesus.”
Theme: Laziness, Selfishness, Difficulties in Traveling, and Dangerous Driving.
6th Station: “Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus.”
Theme: Sickness (especially AIDS, Dehydration, Malaria, Malnutrition, and Tuberculosis), Ignorance About Health, and Scarcity of Medicine and Health Care.
7th Station: “Jesus Falls the Second Time.”
Theme: Drunkenness and Witchcraft.
8th Station: “The Women of Jerusalem Weep for Jesus.”
Theme: Lying and Deceit.
9th Station: “Jesus Falls the Third Time.”
Theme: Blackmail, Bribery, Corruption, Fraud, Graft, Smuggling, Inflated Prices, High Rent, Low Wages, Lack of Jobs, IMF and SAP Regulations, and the External Debt Crisis.
10th Station: “Jesus is Stripped of His Garments.”
Theme: Poverty, Nakedness, and the Plight of Refugees, Displaced People, and Street Children.
11th Station: “Jesus is Nailed to the Cross.”
Theme: Political Dictatorships, Military Oppression, Civil War, and Nuclear Weapons.
12th Station: “Jesus Dies on the Cross.”
Theme: Accidental Deaths and High Children Mortality.
13th Station: “Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross.”
Theme: Backbiting, Calumny, Contempt, False Rumors, Gossip, and Insults.
14th Station: “Jesus is Laid in the Tomb.”
Theme: Sadness, Despair, Inadequate Housing, and Unjust Land Distribution.
15th Station: “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
Theme: Jesus Christ (called “Victor Over Death” in African Languages) Overcomes Death and Brings the Joy and Hope of Everlasting Life.
Rev. Joseph G. Healey, M.M.