The annual Stations of the Cross had limited attendance this year due to COVID-19 gathering guidelines, but News 25’s Toni Miles takes us behind the scenes as the faithful observed this year’s Stations of the Cross at noon today at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral in Biloxi and online.
Typically on Good Friday the Nativity BVM Cathedral in Biloxi would be packed with parishioners as those of the Catholic faith go through the Stations of the Cross, a 14-step devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man more than 2,000 years ago.
This year’s gathering was limited to less than 10 people due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, but it’s purpose remains the same. Bishop Louis F. Kihneman III said, “It’s really us walking with Jesus through His Passion and Death and preparing for the Resurrection. Each of the Stations marks one of the special moments that’s in Holy Scripture about what happened to Jesus in His Passion and Death.”
Father Dennis Carver served as presider of this year’s Station of the Cross from the first station when Jesus Christ was condemned to death to the 14th.
It’s a time for the faithful to pray and reflect on lent and service to others. Bishop Kihneman III was on hand for this year’s livestreamed devotion along with local Catholic parishioner Juliana Skelton and countless others of the Catholic faith who watched online. “We’re respecting the shelter in place. We’re trying to keep our distance also with each other. We’re trying to provide through social media the social and spiritual communion together as a Church.”
The faithful throughout the world are observing Stations of the Cross this Good Friday, but this isn’t the end of the story. “There is a 15th Station – and the 15th Station is the Resurrection of Jesus. On Good Friday we don’t celebrate that Station, but we do for Holy Saturday.”
Stations of the Cross was followed by Veneration of the Cross at 3 p.m. this afternoon.
You can watch the Holy Saturday Vigil tomorrow at 7 p.m. and Easter Sunday Mass at 11 a.m. Both events will be livestreamed on the Facebook page for the Biloxi Diocese and on Instagram on @KihnemanBP.