The Stations of the Cross began as the practice of pious pilgrims to Jerusalem who would retrace the final journey of Jesus Christ to Calvary.
Later, for the many who wanted to pass along the same route, but could not make the trip to Jerusalem, a practice developed that eventually took the form of the fourteen stations currently found in almost every church.
Similarly, the 150 Hail Marys that were recited for the rosary were an adaptation of the medieval monastic practice of reciting the 150 psalms in the Psalter.                                 -From Popular Devotional Practices
St. James begins our Friday Stations of the Cross today. You are invited to join us in the church at 1:30 p.m. (with our school children present) or at 7 p.m. for this deeply meaningful and ancient tradition of our faith.