On Good Friday, April 10th, Ascension Catholic Scouting will again be hosting a Good Friday Stations of the Cross hike for Scouts and their families. This year we again welcome the American Heritage Girls Troop 1776 to our Good Friday prayers. For those who have not participated in this event in the past, the format is: we meet up at the trailhead, pray, sing a hymn or two, and then start walking. Our youth carry a sizeable crucifix at the head of our procession, taking turns carrying the cross as they tire (or when someone else really wants a turn). We stop to pray the stations of the cross about every 2/10ths of a mile or so. We use the same format as is typical in church: the announcement of the station, a short reading, a meditation prayer, and a verse of the Stabat Mater (At the Cross Her Station Keeping). Then, we move on to the next station. This is a solemn procession with additional prayers on the trail and limited conversation. At the midpoint of the walk, we usually take a short break and have a Good Friday-themed reflection. All in all, the hike takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours to complete with the prayers (it is about an hour of actual walking).
Location and timing will be determined closer to the event.