Maria Desolata

The Fourth Station of the Cross at St C’s

Hidden in our schedule for the great three days, on Good Friday, is a reflective evening service – Maria Desolata.

At the end of a busy liturgical day we quietly retrace the way of the cross from the perspective of  Mary.

We are fortunate at St Chrysostom’s to have a lovely set of stations of the cross, in which Our Lady, with black robe and white head veil, plays a significant part. (You can view a photo of another of the stations: by clicking here)

Maria Desolata began this evening (in 2010) with the reading of a poem which included the words:

“My heart keeps suffering
Mothers keep embracing their dead children
Violence, war, executions, drugs, AIDs
Mothers die twice at least, sometimes more
I can only be present, weep, and paint.”


About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at
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1 Response to Maria Desolata

  1. Francis says:

    Thank you for this post. Do you have a copy of the text please? I have only just come across this devotion.

    Many thanks

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