Q. 1. A friend of mine, who recently returned from a trip to the Holy Land, showed me her new sacramental, a Stations of the Cross Rosary. I never heard of such a devotion. What is its purpose? Is it recognized by the Catholic Church?
A. 1. For those who are unable to physically walk the Stations of the Cross because of their health, the Church accepts this devotion as an alternate way of identifying with Christ's sufferings and death.
This chaplet has 15 groups of three beads that are separated by medals. The medal represent the fourteen Stations of the Cross. On each set of three beads, the person is required to pray the (1) Our Father, the (2) Hail Mary and the (3) Glory Be.
Let us be grateful to the Catholic Church for its many ways of recognizing the needs of those who are at a disadvantage because of health, physical handicap or old age.