Stations of the King’s Cross is a little illustrated prayer aid for following the Way of the Cross while traveling on the tube. Since the beginning of Lent this year, hundreds of copies have been distributed anonymously throughout Circle Line trains and London parishes, and posted by request to individuals. Moving clockwise or anti-clockwise on the circle line, there’s one tube stop for each of the Stations of the Cross.
The booklets were made and distributed by a young artist who has always found idle train trips a fruitful opportunity for prayer. The illustrations can be followed at www.stationsofthekingscross.com, where there is also an option to request a free copy of the booklet.
The project has captured the public imagination, and been covered in national papers, BBC radio, as well as being featured publications in Sweden, Australia, and the US. It has also inspired copycat projects in Glasgow, Canberra, Ipswich, and Paris, and was voted ‘Most Creative’ in Best of Lent 2012 on praytellblog.com.
In East Timor, a religious brother has translated the stations into the Tetun language to use with young people over there; in Cape town a minister used the stations booklet translated into Afrikaans for a service on Good Friday; in Los Angeles, the stations have been adopted by a ‘Creativity in prayer’ group, and several teachers around the world have used the booklets in the classroom…
Booklet requests have been received from curators at the V & A museum and Archbishop’s House, and a school in Chelsea is commissioning its own custom set.
On Saturday, 26 May, the eve of Pentecost, an exhibition of the original artworks will open at St Mary’s, Eversholt Street, near King’s Cross Station.
The exhibition will open with an evening prayer at 7pm, followed by refreshments, and an opportunity to view the artworks accompanied by live piano music. Free booklets will be available for people to take as they please, and everyone is welcome to the event.
The paper-cuts have been professionally framed and will be sold by silent auction: bids can be placed into a specially designated box at St Mary’s, or online at: www.stationsofthekingscross.com. Details of the leading bids will be updated every day throughout the exhibition.
All proceeds will be donated to Mary’s Meals, St Vincent de Paul Society and The Bard School.
The exhibition will be open 9am – 8pm daily up to and including Monday 4 June.