The Stations of the Cross began in the days of the early Church when pilgrims would journey to Jerusalem to retrace the final steps taken by Jesus Christ. Later, for the many who could not make the trip to the Holy Land, the practice developed of praying the Stations of the Cross at one's home church or perhaps at a nearby shrine.
Although the Stations of the Cross traditionally follow the same 14 steps, beginning with Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane and concluding when He is laid in the tomb, the prayers offered during the devotion may differ.
Parishes often include the Stations of the Cross in their Lenten observances because it is a season in which we are called to deeper prayer and to reflection upon Christ's passion and death. You will find a list of parishes and times below.
Stations of the Cross in the Diocese this Lent
(The below times do not include Good Friday unless otherwise noted)
Click here to find a listing of Living Stations of the Cross presented around the diocese.
All Saints Parish, Brunswick
Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 82 Atlantic Avenue, Boothbay Harbor - Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 5 p.m. followed by a soup supper
St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen Street, Brunswick - Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 4:30 p.m. followed by a Lenten haddock supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant Street, Brunswick - Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 3 p.m.
St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln Street, Bath - Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
St. Patrick Church, 380 Academy Hill Road, Newcastle - Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 5 p.m followed by a soup supper.
Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, East Millinocket
St. Martin of Tours Church, 19 Colby Street, Millinocket - Fridays at 3 p.m.
St. Peter Church, 58 Cedar Street, East Millinocket - Fridays at 3 p.m.
Corpus Christi Parish, Waterville
Sacred Heart Church, 72 Pleasant Street, Waterville - Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
Good Shepherd Parish, Saco
Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main Street, Saco - Fridays at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Holy Spirit Parish, Wells
St. Martha Church, 34 Portland Road, Kennebunk - Stations of the Cross will be held on Fridays at 6:30 p.m., preceded by a Lenten supper of soup and chowder presented by the Knights of Columbus.
Holy Trinity Parish, Lisbon Falls
Holy Trinity Church, 67 Frost Hill Avenue, Lisbon Falls - Fridays at 3 p.m.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Auburn
Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place, Auburn - Soup & Stations will be held Fridays during Lent, beginning at 5 p.m. with soup, followed by Stations of the Cross at 6 p.m. led by the parish's youth group.
Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish, Madawaska
St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 337 Saint Thomas Street, Madawaska - Fridays at 3 p.m.
Our Lady of Hope Parish, Portland
St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue, Portland - Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday at 7 p.m. at St. Pius X Church.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Windham
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail - Fridays at 3 p.m. and Franciscan Way of the Cross on March 10 at 7 p.m.
Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, Oquossoc
St. John Church, Main Street, Stratton - Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., preceded by Eucharistic Adoration from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and followed by Mass at 6 p.m.
St. Luke Church, 9 Lake Street, Rangeley - Fridays at 5 p.m., preceded by Eucharistic Adoration from 4 to 5 pm.
Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Saint Agatha
St. Agatha Church, 379 Main Street, Saint Agatha - Mondays at 6 p.m.
St. Joseph Church, 413 Shore Road, Sinclair - Fridays at 9 a.m.
St. Luce Church, 441 U.S. Route 1, Frenchville - Mondays at 6 p.m.
Parish of the Ascension of the Lord, Kittery
St. Christopher Church, 4 Barrell Lane, York - Fridays at 5:30 p.m. followed by a meatless Lenten meal. There will be no Stations or meal on March 31 due to the presentation of "To God be the Glory."
Parish of the Holy Eucharist, Falmouth
Holy Martyrs of North America, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth – Fridays at 6:30 p.m. followed by a simple meal. In addition, youths will lead Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 17, at 6:45 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street, Yarmouth – Fridays at 8:15 a.m. In addition, youths will lead Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 24, at 5:30 p.m.
St. Gregory Church, 24 North Raymond Road, Gray – Fridays at 5:30 p.m. Youths will lead the devotion on Friday, March 31.
St. Jude Church, 134 Main Street, Freeport – Fridays at 5:30 p.m. Youths will lead the devotion on Friday, April 7.
Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Sabattus
Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 131 High Street, Sabattus - Fridays at 5 p.m. with a Communion service and Liturgy of the Word.
Parish of the Precious Blood, Caribou
Holy Rosary Church, 34 Vaughn Street, Caribou - Fridays at 4 p.m. followed by a soup supper. Living Stations of the Cross will be presented at 6 p.m. on March 31.
Nativity of the Blessed Mary Church, 331 Main Street, Presque Isle - Fridays at 6 p.m. including Living Stations of the Cross on March 24
Sacred Heart Church, 1143 Van Buren Road, North Caribou - Fridays at 3 p.m.
St. Denis Church, 143 Main Street, Fort Fairfield - Fridays at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
St. Louis Church, 100 Main Street, Limestone - Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
St. Mark Church, 13 Allen Farm Road, Ashland - Fridays at 3 p.m.
Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, Old Town
St. Ann Church, 6 Down Street, Penobscot Nation (Indian Island) - Thursdays following the 6 p.m. Mass from March 2 - April 6
Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Bar Harbor
Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor - Fridays at 6:30 p.m. followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 7:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart / St. Dominic Parish, Portland
Sacred Heart Church, 65 Mellen Street - Friday, March 3, at 6 p.m. in Spanish
St. Agnes Parish, Island Falls
St. Agnes Church, 76 Sewall Street, Island Falls - Fridays at 3 p.m.
St. Anne Parish, Gorham
St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street, Gorham - The church will be open for private prayer from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Booklets will be available for those who wish to pray the Stations of the Cross.
St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Westbrook
St. Hyacinth Church, 268 Brown Street, Westbrook - The church will be open for personal prayer on Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. Booklets will be available for those who wish to pray the Stations of the Cross.
St. Bartholomew Parish, Cape Elizabeth
St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth - Fridays at 5:30 p.m. and a Children's Way of the Cross on Tuesday, March 21, at 4 p.m.
St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, Camden
Our Lady of Good Hope Church, 7 Union Street, Camden - Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
St. Bernard Church, 150 Broadway, Rockland - Fridays at 5:30 p.m. followed by soup and bread in the parish hall
St. Francis of Assisi Church, 81 Court Street, Belfast - Fridays at 7 p.m.
St. Christopher Parish, Peaks Island
St. Christopher Church, 15 Central Avenue, Peaks Island - Friday, March 3, at 6:15 p.m.
St. John and Holy Cross Parish, South Portland
Church of the Holy Cross, 124 Cottage Road, South Portland - Fridays at 9 a.m. led by students from Holy Cross School.
St. John Vianney Parish, Fort Kent
St. Charles Borromeo Church, 912 Main Street, Saint Francis - Fridays at 3 p.m.
St. Louis Church, 26 East Main Street, Fort Kent - Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
St. Mary Church, 3443 Aroostook Road, Eagle Lake - Fridays at 3 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish, Bridgton
St. Joseph Church, 225 South High Street, Bridgton - Fridays at 6 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish, Farmington
St. Joseph Church, 133 Middle Street, Farmington - Fridays at 6 p.m. followed by a soup supper in the Gathering Area Basement.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Calais
Immaculate Conception Church, 31 Calais Avenue, Calais - Fridays at 5:30 p.m. followed by Soup for the Soul at 6 p.m.
St. Ann Church, Peter Dana Point Road, Peter Dana Point - The rosary and Stations of the Cross on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
St. Joseph Church, 51 Washington Street, Eastport - Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
St. Mary of the Visitation Parish, Houlton
St. Mary of the Visitation Church, 112 Military Street, Houlton - Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 3 p.m.
St. Matthew Parish, Limerick
St. Matthew Church, 19 Dora Lane, Limerick - Fridays at 6 p.m. The Stations will be followed by soup and bread on March 3, 24, & 31 and on April 7.
St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Scarborough
St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough - Fridays at 6:15 p.m. from March 3 - March 31 (following haddock dinners). A Children's Way of the Cross will be presented on Thursday, March 23, at 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 26, at 9:15 a.m. And the Youth Ministry group will lead Living Stations of the Cross on Friday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m.
St. Michael Parish, Augusta
St. Denis Church, 298 Grand Army Road, Whitefield - Fridays at 7 p.m.
St. Francis Xavier, 130 U.S. Route 133, Winthrop - Fridays at 6 p.m.
St. Joseph Church, 110 School Street, Gardiner - Fridays at 6 p.m.
St. Monica Chapel, 5 Kendall Street, Augusta - Fridays at 3 p.m.
St. Peter Chanel Parish, Van Buren
St. Bruno - St. Remi Church, 174 Main Street, Van Buren - Fridays at 6 p.m.
St. Peter the Fisherman Parish, Machias
St. Michael Church, 5 Elm Street, Cherryfield - Fridays following the 9 a.m. Mass.
St. Rose of Lima Parish, Jay
St. Rose of Lima Church, 1 Church Street, Jay - Friday, March 3 at 12:45 p.m. led by Father Paul Dumais and the Daughters of Isabella
St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, Sanford
Holy Name Church, 66 North Avenue, Sanford - Fridays at 4 p.m.
Stella Maris Parish, Bucksport
St. Vincent de Paul Church, 80 Franklin Street, Bucksport - Fridays at 5:30 p.m