Yikes. If you had told us here at Church Drunk way back when we started doing these in 2017 as a simple way to pray the Stations of the Cross (and then again in 2018 & 2019) that we’d still be doing them in the face of a global pandemic in 2020…and then again in the SAME PANDEMIC in 2021…and we’re still not out of the woods…and that this year’s edition might be the most stationey stations yet as the world sits perched on the brink of World War III…well, I’m not quite sure what our reply would have been. Regardless, it seems like a good thing that we’ve kept it going. The Stations of the Cross can be a slog, but that’s kind of the point. If a playlist gives us an alternate way to pray the stations, and/or pray them more more frequently, then we’ll just keep on listening and praying and posting, and someday things have to get better, right? Right? RIGHT? I mean, the tomb eventually stands empty, and there is rejoicing in the streets. But, as the stations remind us, we don’t get there without the grind. Eyes on the cross. One foot in front of the other. Prayers up.
If you Spotify, here’s a full playlist you can use. And we always love to hear what you think of our choices for our stations – these work for us, but maybe your selections would be different. Feel free to drop personal favorites or suggestions for improvement into the comments section. And if you like the concept, but hate the actual songs we’ve chosen, then by all means feel free to make your own Stations of the Cross playlist!
Station I: Jesus is Condemned – “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” by Nina Simone
Station II: Jesus Carries the Cross – “Running” by Johnnyswim
Station III: Jesus Falls the First Time – “Broken Heart” by Eddie Vedder
Station IV: Jesus Meets His Mother – “Above the Clouds of Pompeii” by Bear’s Den
Station V: Simon Helps Jesus Carry the Cross – “Darkness” by Bronze Radio Return
Station VI: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus – “The Way Back Home” by Aisha Badru
Station VII: Jesus Falls the Second Time – “Broken Bones and Pocket Change” by St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Station VIII: Jesus Meets the Holy Women – “Don’t Leave Me Behind” by Beta Radio
Station IX: Jesus Falls the Third Time – “Martingales” by The Lone Bellow
Station X: Jesus is Stripped of His Garments – “The Wheel” by Eddie Berman
Station XI: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross – “Know Your Demons” by Tre Burt
Station XII: Jesus Dies – “Bring Me Home, pt. ii: I Would Not Live Always” by John Francis Flynn
Station XIII: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross – “Someday Soon” by Wilder Woods
Station XIV: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb – “Sweet Ever After” by Ellie Holcomb