Vermeland’s “Stations”

Station Eight

At the request of the Department of Theology and Ministry, the Department of Art and Design has graciously installed Professor Cate Vermeland’s “Stations of the Cross” on a once bare wall in the  office area of the DTM (third floor of the Poehler Administration Building).

The stations of the cross follow the journey of Jesus from his trial before Pilate to his crucifixion and are drawn from events in the Passion Narratives of the Gospels and early church tradition. An early church practice attested by pilgrims to Jerusalem, who walked the traditional route, stopping at each of 14 stations for devotions and prayer, the stations were popularized throughout Europe in the Middle Ages by the Franciscans.

Professor Vermeland’s series of 14 black and white photographs were first installed in the Cross of Christ Fellowship Center last year.

Please join us for chapel on March 11 at 10:30 am. The campus ministry staff introduce the special Lenten series, and then the community will join in a stational liturgy, processing through the tunnel, Meyer Hall, and to the third floor of the Administration Building for a dedication of Prof. Cate Vermeland’s photographic “Stations of the Cross” art work.

Professor Vermeland shot the photographs at Ft. Snelling State Park, “a spiritual and sacred space” for her. The “Stations” bring together the revelation through Scripture of the crucified Christ with the natural wonder and beauty of God’s creation.

Station Eight

A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are surely coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us. ’For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” Luke 23:27-31

We give thanks to God for the creative work of our colleague Cate Vermeland, whose art draws the viewer to contemplate the central message of the Christian faith, salvation through “the folly of the cross” (1 Cor 1:18-25) and which embodies  the CSP promise that the university is a place “where Christ is honored, all are welcome, and Lutheran convictions inform intellectual inquiry and academic pursuits.”