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St. Philip’s New Hope Church again brings Stations of the Cross outdoors


The Rev. Michael Ruk, pastor of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, New Hope, invites the public to his reimagined Stations of the Cross.

“Jesus was out among the people. That is where we should be,” he said.

In the time of COVID, the Church is forced to think in new ways that are creative and safer for present times. Ruk’s reimagined Stations of the Cross makes this Lenten tradition much more relevant to today and it reflects the area, the church said.

“The Stations of the Cross not only recount the suffering of Jesus’ last hours, but also connect us to the sufferings of our present time,” Ruk said.

“We have all experienced so much grief and loss this last year. We all need a place to share that grief in community. So if you look at it that way, we see we need to do work on the environment, on hunger, on homelessness, on immigrants, on prejudice … These are the areas of concern we should pray over and act on, in our journey.”

Ruk will conduct Stations of the Cross on Bridge Street at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. He will begin in Lambertville, N.J., at the north corner of Bridge and Main streets,. then stop at locations along the way, including the bridge itself so he can say a prayer for the river’s ecological health and people’s safety in living near it. He will end his procession on the New Hope side of the bridge.

The procession is free of charge and open to the public. You do not need to be a member of the parish, or a Christian, to participate. All COVID-19 precautions will be followed, including the wearing of masks and physical distancing. This quiet, reflective experience is intended to bring new meaning to preparing for Easter.

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