Monday, March 19, 2012

Stations of the Cross, With Heavy Metal Passion

A while ago, an anonymous commenter on my post, "ChristianRock, Catholic Punk, and Other Awesomeness" suggested I check out some of the bands at CatholicMetal.com. So, I did and discovered a project for the Stations of the Cross. What a Lenten Find!

The album is called Via Crucis. It contains 14 tracks by 8 Catholic metal bands. They go through each of the Stations of the Cross.


And please visit CatholicMetal.com to learn more. There, you can hear the song for the Fourth Station of the Cross: Jesus Meets His Mother.  It's gritty. It's moving. Your heart will join Mary's, when it's pierced with sorrow.

Using heavy metal music for meditating on the Stations isn't for everyone, but I urge surprised Catholics not to turn away too quickly. Have you ever, in the depths of prayer, shed tears? Wanted to scream? Had an urge to throw your arms around our crucified Lord? I mean, I'm pretty sure It's not just me because folks have kept up our religion (not to mention died for it) for quite a while before I came along.

Metal is a deeply emotional and raw music and lends itself to expressing the feelings we experience while walking with Jesus through the Stations of the Cross.
Via Crucis cover art

WELL, for those who want something more tradional... EWTN has a Stations of the Cross meditation online. Also, check your local parish. Like mine, they may lead a weekly Stations of the Cross during Lent. Or, just lead yourself. If you buy a booklet at a Catholic bookstore or print off a Stations meditation from the internet, bring it to a local parish and follow the stations one by one saying the prayers, meditating on each one during non-Mass time. Nobody will thing you're weird. It's a popular devotion. Or sit in a park, your sofa, your backyard swing...  You get the picture.

Have a blessed Lent. Not much longer to go!


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3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. God Bless - Mike -Seven Sorrows. You can download all our songs for free at www.reverbnation.com/sevensorrows

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  2. Thanks for the review and for mentioning Catholicmetal.com - we hope that our "Via Crucis" project will bring people closer to Christ, especially people that are lost and into less positive forms of heavy metal. God bless you!

    dave@catholicmetal.com

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  3. Thank you Mike! :) Have a blessed Lent!

    You're very welcome Dave. I love what you guys are doing! :)

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