Walking the Way of the Cross

Join us in recalling the final events in Christ’s life as Dean Richard Sewell, JulieAnn Sewell, Canon Don Binder, Chris Binder and Saleem Kasabri walk the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Click here to watch on YouTube (35 mins).

Scroll down to see ‘A River Through the Desert’ – films and reflections

We adore you O Christ and we praise you

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world

Holy God,
Holy and mighty
Holy Immortal One
Have mercy upon us.

First Station: Jesus is condemned to death
Mark 15:1-15

Second Station: Jesus receives his cross
John 19: 13-17

Third Station: Jesus falls for the first time
Isaiah 53: 4-7

Fourth Station: Jesus meets his mother
Luke 2:48-49
Luke 2: 34-35
John 19: 26-27

Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his cross
Mark 15:21
Mark: 8:34
2 Timothy 2:3

Sixth Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Isaiah 53: 2-3
John 1: 10-12
Matthew 25:40

Seventh Station: Jesus falls a second time
Psalm 38: 6, 21, 22
Hebrews 2:17-18

Eighth Station: Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem
Luke 23: 27-32
Matthew 7:21

Ninth Station: Jesus falls a third time
Psalm 37: 23-24
Hebrews 4:15-16

Tenth Station: Jesus is stripped of his garments
John 19: 23-24
Psalm 22: 16-18

Eleventh Station: Jesus is nailed to the cross
Luke 23: 33-43

Twelfth Station: Jesus dies on the cross
John 19: 28-37

Thirteenth Station: Jesus is taken down from the cross
John 19: 38-40
Psalm 22: 14-15

Fourteenth Station: Jesus is laid in the tomb
Mark 15: 46-47
Romans 6: 3-11

We adore you O Christ and we praise you

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world

Holy God,
Holy and mighty
Holy Immortal One
Have mercy upon us.




I am delighted to be able to share with you this new resource for Lent which we hope will be a taste of the beauty, wonder and inspiration of the Holy Land. For those who have been, it should be a wonderful reminder of those times which undoubtedly will have left an indelible mark. For those who have not yet been able to make their pilgrimage, here perhaps it might serve as a taster to inspire you to find a way to come to the Land of the Holy One.

Owing to the pandemic, St George’s College has been closed since early March 2020. This Lent Study, with the short films which are an important part of each week’s material, enable us to bring something of the wonders of these lands which are the cradle of the Abrahamic faiths to you, wherever you are.

The Holy Land has been called (probably first by Eusebius of Cesearea) the fifth Gospel. The reason for this name is that, just as the written gospels testify to the word and works of Jesus Christ, so the land itself conveys that same message. We talk about ‘salvation history’ as the Christian story from Abraham and Sarah to Jesus as the way that hope unfolded for us. We can also talk about the Holy Land as communicating the ‘geography of salvation’ because the land itself has the potential to convey the gospel of Jesus Christ in a very powerful way. This at least is the testimony of many millions of pilgrims who come to these lands every year.

I have written this study course drawing on the ways in which the Land here has touched and deepened my faith over the past two years of living in Jerusalem and serving as the Dean of the College. I have also drawn on the ways in which places back home, in Great Britain, have enriched my faith. My hope is that you will be drawn to think about the ways in which your own context and its geography can draw you into a deeper relationship with God this Lent.

This Lent series is called A River Through The Desert because a Lent course should aim to water faith in the way that a river will cause the desert to flower and flourish in unexpected ways. I hope and pray that it will do so for you. In these very trying and testing days we stand in need, perhaps more than ever, of finding solace and encouragement in our faith that will give us the strength to endure these challenges. We know that God’s grace is sufficient to help us whatever difficulties we face; may this course be a vehicle for God’s grace.

All the staff of the College yearn for the day when we will be able to welcome pilgrims back again to this wonderful centre in Jerusalem. We give thanks for all the prayers that have been said for us through this pandemic. The end is beginning to come into view, thank God.

Blessings of the Holy One from the Holy City,

Richard Sewell
Dean of St George’s College, Jerusalem

Click the Reflections links first.
Click the links below those to watch the film and read the Bible verse.

Week 1 – The Desert – Reflection
Week 1 – Film (6.45)
Week 1 – Bible Verse – The Temptation of Jesus



Week 2 – The Water Well – Reflection
Week 2 – Film (9.24)
Week 2 – Bible Verse – Jesus and the Woman of Samaria




Week 3 – The Mountain – Reflection
Week 3 – Film (4.27)
Week 3 – Bible Verse – Transfiguration




Week 4 – The Sea – Reflection
Week 4 – Film (4.49)
Week 4 – Bible Verse – Jesus stills the storm




Week 5 – The Road – Reflection
Week 5 – Film (8.26)
Week 5 – Bible Verse – Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem




Week 6 – The Garden – Reflection
Week 6 – Film (5.36)
Week 6 – Bible Verse – Jesus Prays in Gethsemane


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