Way of the Cross

Easter Way of the Cross Walk: Good Friday,
and Easter Sunday morning

You are invited to walk the annual Way of the Cross, an ecumenical Easter devotion.

When

  • Good Friday at 10.00 am.
  • Easter Sunday at 6.30 am.

Where

Good Friday: The Way of the Cross begins at St Francis’ Church, 326 Lonsdale Street (corner Lonsdale and Elizabeth Streets), Melbourne (Melbourne’s oldest church). From there it moves from church to church around the city in commemoration of Jesus’ journey from the Last Supper to the crucifixion and resurrection. All are welcome to join in for the whole or any part of the Way.

The journey usually takes up to 2 ½ hours, and will end around 12:15pm, at St Paul’s Cathedral, corner Swanston and Flinders Streets.

What to bring: Wear comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Limited supplies of water are available. An emergency first-aid medic attends, and Victoria Police provide support. Copies of the liturgy are provided, but if you can bring your own copy (download from the Publications tab), it would be appreciated.

Easter Sunday: The Easter Sunday pilgrimage — ‘from death to life’ — begins at dawn (6:30am) at St Paul’s Cathedral, and then crosses over the Yarra River to conclude at St Johns Southgate (20 City Road, Southbank).

Route

Good Friday

Stations 1 and 2: St Francis Church, Lonsdale Street

Station 3: CrossCulture Church of Christ, Swanston Street

Station 4: Wesley Uniting Church, Lonsdale Street

Station 5: St Peter’s Church, Eastern Hill

Stations 6 and 7: St Patrick’s Cathedral, Gisborne/Albert Streets

Station 8: German Trinity Lutheran Church, Parliament Place

Station 9: St Michael’s Uniting Church, Collins Street

Station 10: Scots Church, Collins Street

Station 11: Collins Street Baptist Church, Collins Street

[via Westin Hotel laneway to Flinders Lane, then into Swanston Street]

Stations 12, 13: St Paul’s Cathedral, Swanston Street and Flinders Street.

Easter Sunday

Station 14: Meet at the 13th station, St Paul’s (Anglican) Cathedral, Flinders Street carpark; cross Princes Bridge, and conclude at Station 14, St Johns Southgate (Lutheran), Southbank.

Download map of WOTC 2018 route

Media Coverage and Photographs

2017 Way of the Cross — Media coverage: The Age.

If you would like to share your photos of the Way of the Cross, please email them to the MCCIA Secretary: secretary@mccia.org.au

Media enquiries: Please contact the MCCIA Secretary: secretary@mccia.org.au

Virtual Walk Video

Harvest Bible College students have prepared a video of Melbourne’s 14 stations of the Way of the Cross. Join U-Wen Low as he visits and reflects upon each station. (Youtube video Melbourne Stations of the Cross : 13 minutes)

About the Way of the Cross

Melbourne’s ecumenical walk through the streets of the city on Good Friday was begun in 1998 by collaborating clergy of Melbourne’s inner city churches. Originally bringing together the congregations of the city’s denominations, the walk now attracts around 4,000 participants from wider Melbourne and beyond. All are welcome. The route is marked by a series of 14 bronze bas-relief sculptures by Melbourne artist Anna Meszaros.

From the Way of the Cross booklet:

One spring morning, Jesus carried his cross through the streets of Jerusalem, a city to which he had come in the past as both a festive pilgrim and a man of tears. Through the city and beyond it, to a hill outside its holy walls, he journeyed for the unholy deed of crucifixion, he died, and was buried. Three days later, in a green and growing place, the Living One left the place of death.

In the streets of our city we will gather, in the spirit of Jesus, to remember that painful journey on the day that we now call ‘Good’. We come to pray for our city, ourselves, and our world, remembering that no pain is wasted, no affliction unredeemed that is united with the suffering of Jesus, who said to his disciples: ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).

We invite you to join the journey.