April 4, 2023 | Brent Harris
On Tuesday, the 7th grade class led the school in “The Way of the Cross” celebration. This celebration took place at Our Lady of Grace next door, and the 7th graders were each tasked with a role of ensuring that each class was led through Christ’s experiences from bearing the cross to his burial.
Each celebration at Mustard Seed School bears a distinct emotion. Mardi Gras is energy-filled; Las Posadas is packed with hopefulness; MLK Day celebration taps into the combination of gratitude and solemnity. To call “The Way of the Cross” a celebration is a veiled description. While it is a celebration of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, it is melancholy. Students sing “Adoramus Te, Christe” as they process from one station to the next, and the timbre of the song mirrors the emotions of Christ’s moments on his crucifixion day.
The 7th graders each had a role to play. Some students were ushers; others led students through two stations; others led students through one station. Their main role, though, was to force each student at MSS to slow down and recognize Jesus’ plight on his crucifixion day. Sacrifices are inherently heroic, but recognizing the magnitude of Jesus’ sacrifice is even more apparent when one slows down and considers each painful and overburdened step along the way.
I am thankful for the 7th graders’ patience during their long morning filled with much more quiet than is usually present in a 7th grade morning. Because of their diligence, our students spent their mornings thinking about Christ’s sacrifice for us.