23. Bringing Jesus’ Passion to Life through the Live Way of the Cross

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Deacon Chris Gutiérrez shares with us about the Latin American tradition of the Live Way of the Cross on Good Friday.

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Introduction

Greetings Gente Puente! In today’s episode my husband Chris shares with us about the Latin American tradition of the Live Way of the Cross on Good Friday. “The Live Way of the Cross is a wonderful experience of Catholics being able to immerse themselves into the mystery of Scripture, particularly that journey of Jesus, those last moments of Jesus’ life on earth in preparation for Easter.”

Si prefieres español puedes encontrar un resumen en español de la entrevista sobre el Vía Crucis Viviente el Viernes Santo y vínculos a todos los recursos mencionados en patticc.com/s23.

I am Patti Gutiérrez from Patti’s Catholic Corner. Our team serves Catholic ministers like you who want to connect with the Hispanic community. We make your ministry easier through this Gente Puente Podcast patticc.com/gentepuente and our Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/gentepuente sharing best practices, resources and encouragement. And we help you focus on your ministry through our Catholic translation services.

For today’s show I invited my husband, Deacon Chris Gutiérrez, to return to the show because he had a very successful experience of bringing the Hispanic tradition of celebrating a Live Way of the Cross to a parish here in KY. As he shares, this popular devotion was a very important part of his faith life growing up in Mexico and during his years in seminary there. He shares about what worked well, how he overcame the obstacles and encourages ministers to consider bringing this tradition to their areas. We also discuss incorporating Hispanic Catholics into the tradition of the prevailing culture of meditating on the Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent and you can find links to some bilingual resources we use and a summary of the interview in the Show Notes at patticc.com/23.

The first time I was exposed to the idea of a full-blown reenactment of Christ’s Passion was when I was living as a volunteer in Ecuador for a year. I was part of the young adult group at the local parish there and a couple months before Holy Week they invited me to participate in the Live Way of the Cross. I chose to be a “Llorona” which is one of the weeping women of Jerusalem in the Eighth Station so I wouldn’t have to talk. The experience was incredible. Like I share in this interview, even after all the practices and hearing the lines over and over, on Good Friday when we reenacted the entire Way of the Cross, I really felt transported back into ancient times. Crowds of people followed the actors through the dusty, unpaved roads of Durán, Ecuador. The actors portrayed each station and then paused for a meditation. Then the entire crowd would walk another block or two praying and singing until we ended up back behind the parish church and we witnessed three young men being raised up high on their crosses. I felt intimately connected to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

If you’ve never experienced anything like this, I highly recommend finding one near you and better yet, trying it out in your own community! We’d like to help you do that, so in the Show Notes you’ll find a checklist for the leader of the Live Way of the Cross, links to a script and bilingual stations of the cross reflections. And if you join our Facebook group you can also see a photo album to get costume & prop ideas as well as some of the stations of the cross booklets we’ve used in the past.

Now, let’s listen to my interview with Chris.

Interview

Welcome, Chris. Thanks for coming on the Gente Puente Podcast again.

Hi! Good morning, it’s good to be on again.

Opening prayer.

It’s such a pleasure to get to talk to you again today. Thank you for coming back to share with us a little more about the Live Way of the Cross project, but first can you remind our listeners (or for those that don’t know you) a little bit about your background and your ministry?

Yes, it’s really good to be with you again. My name is Christopher Gutiérrez, and I’m a deacon in the Church. My father is Mexican, and my mother was American. Pretty much from the age of 5, I was raised by my grandparents after my parents divorced. I was blessed by two wonderful grandparents and extended family of uncles, cousins, and so. My upbringing was in Mexico in a small town in the state of Jalisco, about two hours from Guadalajara (Central Mexico). That’s where I grew up and went to school. That’s where I experienced what we are going to talk about today: the various popular devotions and particularly the Live Way of the Cross. I have been active in Hispanic/Latino ministry for several years now, ever since I came back from Mexico to live in the United States in 2005. It’s been really good to be back, and I worked for about 8 years in a parish in Hispanic Ministry. For the last 4 years, I’ve been working as the Diocesan Director of Hispanic/Latino Ministry for the Diocese of Owensboro.

Thank you. I invited you to come back to talk to us about Live Way of the Cross because I know that you had a lot of success in creating Live Way of the Cross here in Owensboro, KY. But first, can you tell me/share with us about your experience of that devotion back in Mexico? What was it like growing up, and the years you were in seminary? What was that devotion like in your life there, and what was your experience of it?

The Live Way of the Cross, Vía Crucis which is what is called down there, is something that the whole town (the whole city) starts to prepare for one. In most towns and cities people do not work during Holy Week, so there is a pause to focus on the mysteries of the Triduum (the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus). The Live Way of the Cross is something that everybody is, in one way or the other, part of. When I was growing up, I remember my grandparents saying: “Friday at 11:00, we are going to be downtown to go to the Vía Crucis (the Live Way of the Cross).” It was wonderful! Everybody is focused on that mystery of the Triduum and of the Stations of the Cross. There are different actors that reenact each one of the roles for the Stations of the Cross. People walk along and stop at each one of those stations.

Can you describe them a little more in detail because I think someone who may be listening that grew up in the prevailing culture here, they might have in mind what we typically do as Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent, where maybe a small group walks around to see the pictures of the stations and say a short reflection? How is this different? Explain to me the experience of the Live Way of the Cross.

This is outdoor, and it can be done on the outskirts of town. A spot is picked to pray each station. We have all the actors. There’s somebody that is playing the role of Jesus. There are several men who are playing the roles of soldiers, and each one of those people that we know about traditionally that come into play in each one of the stations, so these are people that are dressed in different costumes that have been practicing and have memorized their roles and the words that they are going to say: words that we hear from Scriptures. The journey could be a few miles up a hill or up a mountain, where the Crucifixion will take place. And a long that route, there are different stops, where the stations are marked. Let’s say: the Fall, which I believe it is the Third Station, the First Fall of Jesus. The man who is playing Jesus actually falls with the real, wooden cross that he is carrying, and the dramatization is pretty strong. People are walking along and trying to get a view of what’s happening. People are brought into the Scriptures of that moment of Jesus on His way to Calvary. It is a route that can be a few miles. You can shorten it or make it longer. There’s going to be an actual reenactment of the Crucifixion at the end. It is different from what we are used to sometimes in the prevailing culture in the United States, where you just pray the stations within the Church. This is walking outside, outdoors.

That’s what I was going to say too. It is almost as if you are transported into that moment of history because I had that experience in Ecuador of participating in the Live Way of the Cross there too. We are talking serious acting, fake blood, and real whips. We actually put up the cross and tied a man to the cross, and sometimes 3 men (depending on how you’re acting it out). It is not just a portrayal, or what sometimes we do at Passion play. This is like you are witnessing the Crucifixion, and everything related to that. And then, reflecting on it as we go through the stations.

It is a wonderful experience of Catholics being able to immerse themselves into the mystery of the Scriptures, particularly of that journey of Jesus (those last moments of Jesus’ life on Earth), which is in preparation for Easter. We can’t get to Easter without going through the Cross. So this tradition, this popular devotion, wants to underline the importance of going through the Cross. There is no Resurrection without the Cross. That’s one of the things we have to remember always. It is one of the things I try to share with the prevailing culture that, Easter Sunday and Easter egg hunt, is really good and really important. It’s a nice tradition too, but let’s get through the cross first.

You have touched on this a little bit, but can you share what made you want to bring this tradition to the United States in the ministry that you were doing here? And maybe you can touch on why do you think the Passion is such an important, key element of the faith of Latin Americans in general, and maybe particularly immigrants here in the U.S.?

When I started working at the parish in 2007 as Director of Hispanic Ministry, one of the things that I would often hear from Latin Americans was: “Back home (back in my home country), I remember we used to have this popular devotion or tradition that we celebrated, and I kind of long for it. Can we do it? Can we do some of it here?” That’s what I was hearing, so when Lent would come along, or even before Lent, I started thinking: maybe we can give this a try. Why don’t we come together (the Hispanic community, the leaders, and the committee) and decide whether we want to do a reenactment, the Live Way of the Cross, and walk a few miles? At that point, the beginning of 2008, I had no idea what the route would be. I started thinking: “Where do we start?” We decided to start right across the Church and go to a university, which is called Brescia University, probably not even 3 miles from the Church in distance. It is about maybe 6 or 7 blocks, so it would take us about 45 minutes to get there, going slow and doing each one of the stations. That was the beginning of the process, discerning whether we wanted to do it, and what were the logistics. I started talking to my pastor and we had to obtain a permit like you do for anything if you’re going to go on the street. We talked to the city, and I had to get a police escort with a police car in the front and one in the back of the crowd because all the actors would be reenacting in the front, then you would have the choir, and then everyone is following along trying to get a view what was going on in each one of the stations. That’s how we came about bringing it here to Owensboro back in 2008.

What’s something that after you started, and maybe through the years that you were there at the parish, that made you really glad that you did it, that you saw what a success it was, and helped you to see the impact that it was having in the community?

One of the things that was wonderful to see was different cultures come together. Not only parishioners of the prevailing culture or English-speaking Catholics with Latinos that speak Spanish, but even other people in the neighborhood. Non-Catholics participating, hearing about it, and knowing that this event was going to come right in front of their apartments’ complex or on their streets, and people joining in. I’ll never forget, maybe the second year, when some of the Burmese community joined in with no shoes in a way of walking the route in a penitent way. All I could think of was they were probably Christians, and they wanted to join in. And I thought that was wonderful. I also loved seeing how the actors played each one of the roles and how that impacted their own personal lives because way before this would take place on Good Friday, they had been practicing. I was always challenging them to really study and go into the Scriptures and meditate and pray about the roles they were portraying. This always has a transformative power in the lives of those who are reenacting, and they had a responsibility to pull all the rest of us into that mystery and dramatization of what happened more than 2,000 years.

What are some of the pieces you would say helped it to be such a success, things that you did practically or concretely that maybe you learned from your experiences over the years and you started improving it? Or even things that you did from the beginning that you think made it successful?

I think it is important to be mindful that you have to at least give yourself even a couple of months before Lent to start putting together a script. Everybody can have put together a script of the size of their liking, so that each one of the actors that are reenacting can start memorizing their parts and then practice. We would have at least two practices per week in the evenings, when people got off from work. What I learned over the years is that you do not want to start to close when Lent starts. You want to give yourself even a couple of more months prior, even right after New Year’s, you might want to start working on that project. Also, another thing that made it successful was involving different people: the Church, the parish choir, and involving other leaders. Seeing or finding out what each one of the actors and others in supporting roles could work in helping. Let’s say: making their costumes or building the cross. If we had somebody that worked with wood, a carpenter that could help with Jesus’ cross. Trying to pinpoint and find those people with some level of expertise in theatrics that could help put this together and make it more successful.

Well, I apologize for people listening because if I had known you were going to say: “Start at the end of the year before,” I would have had you on earlier.

It’s okay. You can still pull it off, but it’s important to give yourself some time. You can always make it work.

I was going to say that one of the things I remember you helping people get into their characters, besides encouraging a prayerful attitude in portraying the characters, once the Passion of Christ came out that you would have all the actors come in and be able to watch that movie together and kind of get into the story even deeper to portray their characters on that day.

Yes. The Passion of Christ by Mel Gibson, I really liked us watching it together without the children of course. That was an opportunity to challenge people. None of the parishioners are professional actors, but I can tell you, that they do very well over the years. People really get into their roles, and I always challenged them because of the need for volume. You are out in open air (open space), and there’s no microphones and no scripts in their hands. Sometimes they are walking forward at each stop, and I would challenge them in the practices to turn a little bit their bodies towards the crowd for the words that were going to be spoken and dramatized. Enunciating each one of their words clearly and very loudly is very important. And that goes back to my experience in theater in seminary too without any technology or any microphones, that you really need to bring up your volume. There are different pieces to bringing it together.

Break

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Now we continue with my conversation with Chris.

What would you say are some of the obstacles that you faced, and how did you deal with them to overcome those?

At the beginning, some of the obstacles were to start with thinking: “This is not possible in our setting here in the U.S.,” and in our inner-city reality of logistics. As soon as you go out of the Church often, there’s just street pavement, sidewalks, and houses, so how do we do this? The obstacle could be thinking: this is not possible. Well, I can tell you, it is possible if you want to do it; and if you ask the Lord to help you, you can do it. The other obstacle is just simply some people saying: “you can’t do it. It’s not possible.” But you can!

What helped you to convince your parish leadership that this was something worth trying?

Once I investigated a little bit about permit, for instance, if it was okay to do it, to use the street, and getting a positive from the city, that was one. The actors saying: YES. I knew then it was possible to do it. Those are two important elements.

How did you get some buy-in in the beginning from the actors to be able to come to practice so often? Did you struggle with their work schedules, and how did that come together?

Yes, it was always a challenge because people worked a lot, and so all the practices were in the evenings. Rarely did we have any practices during the day or mornings, other than sometimes on Sunday mornings or Sunday afternoons. They took their roles very seriously. Once they knew this was a project that took time and the seriousness of it, and knowing that they were doing a service to the community, to the parish, of bringing the last moments of Jesus alive, they saw themselves as being missionaries in some way. That was convincing to them. What I would do is see who we had, those who would volunteer for different roles and depending of their voice, depending on their strength, whether they were women or men, finding a role for everybody. There’s a role for everybody, so that was helpful. Some you can suggest to them: “Would you consider playing the role of a soldier? Would you consider playing the role of Veronica?” Different roles you can suggest, or you can hear it from them wanting to play a particular role.

What would you say are some of the things that you learned over the years that you improved this over time, some lessons that you learned?

I’ve learned over the years while this was taking place at the parish, where we would organize it every year, that it has the power of touching many lives, of touching many people regardless of whether they are Catholics, Catholic parishioners, or non-Catholics. You want to do this, and it goes beyond just the faithful in the parish. As I said before, I’ve learned that you want to start working on the project ahead of time. You want to meet with your leaders, and you want to start defining your script because at each one of the stations there is a complementary prayer. And I’ve learned over the years too, that you want to be very inclusive. You want to make sure that you include English and Spanish in the prayer. In between each one of the stations, there is an opportunity to pray the Our Father and also sing some hymns, so we would make sure that those were in English and in Spanish while walking between one station and another. It is important to have a balance and to be very inclusive. This tradition (this popular devotion) needs to be very inclusive, and that is very important.

We saw a lot of increase in the amount of people, who are raised here in the prevailing culture that come to the English masses, of them coming more and more to the Live Way of the Cross over time. Would you say that is one of the successes of your experience?

Yes. Over the years there were more and more folks English-speaking that would come from the prevailing culture, and actually they took part in some of the roles. I remember some folks helping with make-up, and a couple of choir members from the English choir joined in with the Hispanic choir. We saw some of the leaders from the English-speaking community coming along, and that was really nice to see. It was wonderful.

So just to give a more precise overview of what happens. The actors would come out and portray a certain piece of the Passion of Jesus. So let’s say: when Jesus was arrested, for example, the soldiers would be pushing Jesus around and put him in front of Pilate, and then Pilate would condemn Him. And then, everything would pause when they finished that piece (would pause), and then the leaders would give a bilingual reflection. And then, when the prayers started again, then the actors would move and walk to the next station and the whole crowd would follow them a few blocks down the street to the next station, where for example, Jesus was given the cross and the actors would act, and then freeze. And then we would do the reflection. Is that right?

That’s correct, so yes. The actors, in our case, did all of their acting and all of their words were in Spanish. These are Spanish-speaking Latinos, so there was no English in the acting words. But in the reflection right afterwards, we would combine between English and Spanish. Then, as soon as we would start the Our Father, that was the actors going back into movement, moving into the next station. We pray the Our Father, we sing a hymn, and when we get to the second station, they do their acting part. They say their words very outload, and then again, we move into the reflection, then Our Father and the singing while we are moving to the third, and so on.

Thank you. We will link in the Show Notes to the script that you’ve adapted over the years and some of the handouts we’ve used as the reflections. And that brings me to the experiences that we’ve had at Saint Michael’s over the years and that continues of celebrating the Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent, kind of in the style of the prevailing culture, but that we’ve done it now for many years bilingually. What has been your experience of that?

That’s been wonderful. That is at our parish of St. Michael’s in Sebree. The opportunity of all of us coming together, every Friday of Lent over the years, Hispanics and English-speaking come together, and there is a stalk of Station of the Cross prayers in English and then the same will be in Spanish. For each one of the stations, if the first one is prayed in Spanish, those who are English-speaking can read exactly what it’s been said in Spanish because they have the script in English. Over the years, going back and forth has been such a successful moment of growth. This is cultural integration, coming together and celebrating together, regardless of difference in language or traditions. That’s one thing that Latinos have been becoming more and more part of as the way the prevailing culture celebrates in the Church.

And of course, ending with our Fish Frys, which are very popular with both.

Very popular, and they’re wonderful. That is something that is new to us, coming from Mexico and Latin America, because I don’t remember us having fish frys, and I absolutely LOVE that tradition.

Thank you for sharing your experience. I know for me when I was at St. Michael’s and we started doing the Live Way of the Cross, it was really helpful to have heard your experience and seeing the obstacles, and how you overcame them, and to be able to look at those resources. So I really hope that the listeners who are ready to try this would also benefit from that. But before I let you go, I want you to share about what you’ve learned as a minister that you could share with the other ministers who are listening?

Yes. I have learned over the years that there will be obstacles. There will be difficult moments in our ministry, in the parishes, in which we think: “I can’t do this.” Or that it maybe rejected, or maybe the pastor would not want it or the parish council. Or they’ll question it. I want to encourage everyone listening that it is important for us, as people of different cultures (not only from Latin American, but from around the world), that if we want our popular devotions and traditions from our home countries to remain alive, it is important to suggest that we keep doing them. The Catholic Church, that’s what makes us so wonderful, and it enriches us is that we are able to come together and offer each one of our experiences of faith from where we come from. Just because we live in the United States, we do not have to renounce to who we are and what we brought with us. I want to encourage those in ministry, particularly in the Hispanic/Latino ministry, that all of those popular devotions and traditions that your people from the parishes across the country might bring up or might mention that they used to celebrate them or practiced them back home, they can be done here. We can keep them alive here. It is important that we help them, and we facilitate continuing to celebrate and to cherish those devotions. I want to encourage everyone to not give up. To support those initiatives, and know that even prevailing culture hungers, many of them are longed for those traditions and popular devotions. We can help bring those alive. We can help share those and bring that back, so that people see the richness of our Church that goes beyond just the Catholic family.

Thank you. One of our goals in Gente Puente Podcasts is to provide encouragement for ministers because ministry can be hard. Is there anything you could say as words of encouragement to a minister that might be listening and is going through a rough patch, and ministry is difficult in this season?

I think it is important to encourage one another and support one another. If you have colleagues that are in the trenches of ministry, always look to one another for support. There is always somebody out there within our own dioceses or areas that might be going through some difficulties as well in their ministry. Or might be feeling down. Might be feeling that the obstacles and the difficulties are overwhelming them. It is important, especially at this time of the year, to embrace the cross and know that Jesus walks with us. Everything we do and all the projects that come before us that we dream about, or that people long for, we do not have to do those alone. That there are supporting people and leaders out there that will help us. Don’t give up! Keep up the good fight, and know that Mary and Jesus are accompanying us and the Saints. You will be successful by the hand of Mary and Jesus, you will be successful in your ministry. Just don’t give up. Keep praying and meditating on the cross. Lent provides us a great opportunity to deepen our faith into the mystery of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord, and we are not alone. We can accompany Jesus on His journey and be assured that He accompanies us in the difficulties of the journey of our own crosses.

Thank you. Can you close us out in prayer for all those who serve the Church, please?

Heavenly Father: we thank you once again for calling each one of us to be your hands, your feet, your voices out for the world. During this time, we want to meditate on your Passion, Death, and Resurrection. We know and we understand in our hearts that You gave up your life for us, for the salvation of each one of us. Thank you, Lord, for that sacrifice. Thank you for putting forth your life so that each one of us can have a place with You in Heaven one day. We ask You to be with us. We ask You to strengthen us in our ministries, and in the work we do for your Church. We understand, Lord, that every initiative, every desire in our hearts, every dream in our hearts, is placed by Yourself. You put those dreams in us and those desires is us to serve You better. To walk with our people. Help us to help one another. Help us to understand better the mystery of your Passion, Death, and Resurrection so that we may grow closer together to one another in our own crosses and grow closer to You. In your name we pray, Amen.

Amen. Thanks, Chris. It’s always so nice to have you on here. Thank you for taking the time to come back, and I hope we get to do it again soon.

You’re welcome. It was great! Thank you.

Conclusion

Another great interview with my husband Chris. If you want to hear the last one we did it was episode 11 about the tradition of Las Posadas. Here are some of the key takeaways for today’s episode:

  1. Give yourself time to prepare and be as organized as you can. We’ve put together a checklist for you to give you an idea of the different tasks involved in leading a Live Way of the Cross and help you stay on track. You can find it in the Show Notes at patticc.com/23. Like Chris said, ideally a couple months is great, so if you’re listening to this during Lent of 2019, I apologize for not getting this out sooner, but even if you’re hearing this episode and you have less time, you can still pull it off. That’s one thing that always impressed and surprised me about the Hispanic leaders at our parish St. Michael’s where I worked for 11 years. Once they got on board and got excited about something, things could just take off!
  2. Don’t let the obstacles get in your way. With God’s help you can do it. You just may have to modify things. We’ve done different versions of the Live Way of the Cross at the parish each year depending on what resources we had available including time, actors, costumes, etc. Some years we did the full-blown reenactment like Chris described, some years we simply took turns carrying the cross on the same route across town and stopped every couple blocks to meditate on a station, and some years we did a more simplified version of the acting where the actors didn’t memorize lines, they simply acted out what was being narrated. You can modify the experience depending on what resources you have available too.
  3. Create a prayerful atmosphere. Like Chris said, it really helped to connect the actors to their faith and remind them of the importance of what they are portraying in order to help the crowd enter into the experience spiritually. The other thing that we forgot to mention is that after the crucifixion and the last stations, Chris would recognize and thank the actors and everyone for coming and then he would have the entire crowd, led by the actors, walk back to Church in a somber march. Someone would bang a small drum once every few seconds and some leaders would carry an image of Our Lady of Sorrows. Since the police escort had left by then we would just use the sidewalks and encourage people to remain in silence meditating on what we just witnessed.
  4. Be as inclusive as you can. Include the languages of your faith community as much as possible. You can find links to some bilingual reflections online in the Show Notes at patticc.com/23 and if you come on over to our Gente Puente Facebook group I’ll share some samples of the booklets I’ve made over the years that you could use as templates. And don’t forget you can see a photo album there too to get some ideas for costumes and props.
  5. I say this every time – but you are not alone. You don’t have to start from scratch. You don’t have to have all the answers. All of us can share what we’ve learned and done and encourage others and we can receive advice, encouragement and resources from others too. If that sounds like the kind of community you want to be part of, I really hope you’ll come join our Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/gentepuente.

The next episode of the Gente Puente podcast will focus on tips for a successful bilingual Triduum, which is the liturgy that extends from Holy Thursday through Good Friday and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. I’ll be sharing some ideas for preparing the congregation and ministers, the logistics and tips for during the actual liturgical celebrations. If your parish has celebrated one or all of the Holy Week celebrations bilingually, I’d love to share some of your tips on the podcast! Just hop into our Gente Puente Facebook group or email me at patti@patticc.com to share what has worked for you in your ministry. And if you’re considering any of these bilingual celebrations, you don’t want to miss it!

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