The story of the Station Churches traces its roots as far back as the late second or early third century. The Bishop of Rome would celebrate the liturgies of the Church year at various churches throughout the city. Since Rome was made up of diverse communities of many cultures, this practice served to unify the various groups into a more cohesive whole. Once Christianity became legal in 313 AD, and public worship was permitted, feast days were celebrated at churches with a special link to that celebration. Many of the churches of Rome held the relics of the early Christian martyrs and the memory of the early history of the Church in Rome. As time passed, the schedule of these visits, which earlier had followed an informal order, took on a more formalized structure. By the last half of the fifth century, a fairly fixed calendar was developed having the order of the places at which the pope would celebrate Mass within the city of Rome throughout the year. During Lent, the Stations were originally organized so that the Masses would be held in different areas of the city each day.
The Station Churches come down to us as a monument of the early Church, a living connection to those days when the witness of the martyrs was still fresh and the echo of he apostles' voices could still be heard in the city streets.
The Station Churches of Mercer County is an opportunity for us to glean a bit of history as we make our way to the various churches throughout our county. As we move from church to church, we can imagine the thousands of people who have journeyed to them, especially during the Lenten season, to offer their prayer and worship. We can unite our prayers with theirs and join our voices with this great crowd of witnesses who over the past two hundred years have found many ways to give glory to God, and public witness to their Catholic Faith.
Each church that we will visit has a special history and its own particular treasures. Each has been the place of baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and funerals. This Lenten pilgrimage takes us to Holy Ground throughout Mercer County. Join in as many visits as you are able, asking God's blessing on all who journey with you through this Lenten Pilgrimage during the Year of Faith.
The 2015 Station Churches of Mercer County
You are invited on a Faith Pilgrimage to the Churches of Mercer County for Lenten evening Mass. Plan now to visit as many Churches as possible and celebrate the Eucharist during Lent 2014.
The purpose of the Station Churches is to provide an opportunity to visit some of the beautiful Churches of Mercer County and to worship with other Catholics of our county. Mass will begin with a brief history of the parish. Following Mass, there will be an options 20 to 30 minute tour of the Church.
Schedule of Station Churches for Lent, 2014
|Monday, February 23
||St. David the Kind (7:30 PM)
1 New Village Road, Princeton Junction, NJ
|Tuesday, February 24
||St. James Church (7:30 PM)
115 E. Delaware Avenue, Pennington, NJ
|Thursday, February 26
||Our Lady of Sorrows - St. Anthony at OLS (7:00 PM)
3816 East State Street Extension, Hamilton, NJ
|Tuesday, March 3
||St. Alphonsus Church (7:30 PM)
54 East Prospect Street, Hopewell, NJ
|Thursday, March 5
||The Church of St. Ann (7:30 PM)
1253 Lawrence Road (Route 206 South), Lawrenceville, NJ
|Tuesday, March 10
||St. Paul, Princeton (7:30 PM)
214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ
|Wednesday, March 11
||St. Raphael/Holy Angels at St. Raphael (7:00 PM)
3500 South Broad Street, Hamilton, NJ
|Thursday, March 12
||Blessed Sacrament/Our Lady of Divine Shepherd (7:30 PM)
716 Bellevue Avenue, Trenton, NJ
|Wednesday, March 18
||St. Hedwig Church (7:30 PM)
872 Brunswick Ave, Trenton, NJ
|Tuesday, March 24
||St. George Church (6:30 PM)
1370 River Road, Titusville, NJ
|Monday, March 30
||St. Robert Bellarmine (7:30 PM)
61 Georgia Road, Freehold, NJ