It has been a long Lent. Generally speaking, I aim for daily practices of prayer and something that resembles discipline during these 40 days in the desert, but this has been a year of trial and tribulation and trauma and tragedy and…other stuff, many of which begin with other letters of the alphabet (B and S both come to mind readily). Don’t get me wrong here, I can’t really lay claim to any great suffering of my own, but it seems that I was too readily lost in the exhaustive malaise surrounding me, and my Lenten focus was about as sharp as a jellyfish.
And herein lies the beauty of Lent. The worse it gets, the better it is! The more we suffer, the more united we are with Christ on the cross. And along with that, the invitation to deepen our Lenten experience is always on the table, right up to the foot of the cross on Good Friday. With that thought in mind, we here at Church Drunk are happy to present to you the Stations of the Cross playlist for 2018. It’s become an annual practice for us, predating our blogging days, and last year we shared our first version of the playlist with the world. This year, we offer a new set of songs, and we invite you to find a few minutes of quiet in your day to musically wander the way of the cross with us (and literally millions of other Catholics around the world who will be praying the stations in their own way this week).
If you Spotify, here’s a full playlist you can use, but we definitely recognize that tastes in music are subjective. If you don’t like our choices, that’s totally okay (everyone has the right to be wrong once in a while). We encourage you to create your own playlist if these songs don’t speak to you, and we hope and pray that your Holy Week might be filled with God’s Spirit carrying us all beyond the cross and toward the joy of the empty tomb!
Station I: Jesus is Condemned – “Woke Up Hurting” by Frightened Rabbit
Station II: Jesus Carries the Cross – “Cruel” by The Head and the Heart
Station III: Jesus Falls the First Time – “This Year” by The Mountain Goats
Station IV: Jesus Meets His Mother – “My Mind Is An Endless Sea” by The Wind & The Wave
Station V: Simon Helps Jesus Carry the Cross – “The Greatest Gift” by Sufjan Stevens
Station VI: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus – “Pulaski at Night” by Andrew Bird
Station VII: Jesus Falls the Second Time – “Iridescent” by Linkin Park
Station VIII: Jesus Meets the Holy Women – “The Stable Song” by Gregory Alan Isakov
Station IX: Jesus Falls the Third Time – “Kalamazoo” by The Show Ponies
Station X: Jesus is Stripped of His Garments – “My City of Ruins” by Bruce Springsteen
Station XI: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross – “Red Right Hand” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Station XII: Jesus Dies – “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie
Station XIII: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross – “After Many Miles” The Ghost of Paul Revere
Station XIV: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb – “Lay Me Down” by The Oh Hello’s