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 Post subject: Stations of the Cross with lay readers
PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:54 pm 
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For any lay person to lead the Stations of the Cross, is it not a religious requirement that they be leaders of prayer?


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 Post subject: Re: Stations of the Cross with lay readers
PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:33 pm 
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No, anyone can lead it, just as anyone can lead a recitation of the Rosary. Nothing is really gained by having either devotion led by a priest nor is anything lost in a layman leading it. And, just as in the Rosary, there doesn't need to be a leader, as you can pray the Stations of the Cross on your own as a private devotion.


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 Post subject: Re: Stations of the Cross with lay readers
PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:00 pm 
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I had gone to Stations of the Cross at a Catholic church where a lady layperson lead the Stations instead of a priest. I had learned that she had to take classes to be a leader of prayer in order to lead the Stations.


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 Post subject: Re: Stations of the Cross with lay readers
PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:01 pm 
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I'm not sure what you encountered. It might be something that her parish does, or that her diocese does. It's certainly not universal.

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 Post subject: Re: Stations of the Cross with lay readers
PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:02 pm 
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Our Pastor always leads Stations on Fridays during lent - but I do understand a lay person could as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Stations of the Cross with lay readers
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:36 pm 
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I've never attended a Stations led by anyone other than a priest, but for some reason, I've never had the impression that they couldn't be led by a layperson, either.

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