In the Christian world, this Sunday is Palm Sunday, which marks the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem in the days before his suffering and death. As a reminder of this, Christians around the world follow the final days of Christ by re-enacting or praying the Stations of the Cross. The Shrine of Christ’s Passion in St. John, Indiana is a pilgrimage destination, honoring the last days of Christ from the Last Supper to the resurrection.
Visitors will find a half-mile, winding, but handicapped accessible pathway that leads through each of the final events in Christ’s life, depicted by 40 life-size bronze statues. Each station includes an audio-recorded description of the scene told by CBS veteran journalist Bill Kurtis. Background music is played throughout the walk, adding to the meditative spirit of the Shrine.
The statues were created by Texas artist Mickey Wells.
Named “Attraction of the Year” by the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, the Shrine of Christ’s Passion offers free admission and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
In addition to the interactive Passion pathway, visitors can spend time at the onsite Marian Wayside Shrine honoring the mother of Jesus and the Sanctity of Life Shrine. A visitors center and gift shop offering inspirational gifts and books for people of all faiths are also located on the grounds. Tour buses are welcome.
The Shrine of Christ’s Passion is located southwest of Merrillville, Indiana. For more information, call (219) 365-6010 or visit www.shrineofchristspassion.org.