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 may differ. You will find some options at the bottom of the page.
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)
All Saints Parish, Brunswick
All Saints Parish in Brunswick will offer the Stations of the Cross virtually this year. Stations of the Cross from each of the parish's churches will be recorded and available for viewing on Facebook and YouTube on the Fridays of Lent. They will then remain on Facebook and YouTube for later viewing if you're unable to tune in on Friday. The Stations of the Cross will also be broadcast on local cable TV stations on all Fridays in Lent and on Good Friday: Harpswell TV – 4 p.m., Bath TV – 5 p.m. and Brunswick TV – 7 p.m.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland - Friday, February 26, at 6:15 p.m.
Christ the King Parish, Skowhegan
Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, 273 Water Street, Skowhegan - Fridays at 6 p.m. There will also be an opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation.
St. Peter Church, 27 Owens Street, Bingham - Friday February 26, March, 12, and March 26 at 3 p.m. There will also be an opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation.
St. Sebastian Church, 161 Main Street, Madison - Friday February 19, March 5, and March 19 at 3 p.m. There will also be an opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation.
Good Shepherd Parish, Saco
Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main Street, Saco - Fridays at 6 p.m. (3 p.m. on Good Friday)
St. Joseph Church, 178 Elm Street, Biddefod - Fridays following the 9 a.m. Mass and on Good Friday at 3 p.m.
St. Margaret Church, 6 Saco Avenue, Old Orchard Beach - Good Friday at 3 p.m.
St. Philip Church, 404 Goodwins Mills Road, Lyman - Good Friday at 3 p.m.
Holy Family Parish, Greenville
Holy Family Church, 145 Pritham Avenue, Greenville - Livestreamed Friday at 5 p.m. Booklets will be emailed to interested parties upon request. Call (207) 695-2262 to receive the booklet.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Auburn
Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place, Auburn - Fridays at 6 p.m.
Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish, Madawaska
St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 337 St. Thomas Street, Madawska - Fridays at 3 p.m.
Our Lady of Hope Parish, Portland
St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue, Portland - Fridays at 6 p.m. Available via livestream only.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Windham
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail, Windham - Fridays at 3 p.m.
Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Saint Agatha
St. Agatha Church, 379 Main Street, St. Agatha – Mondays at 6 p.m.
St. Joseph Church, 413 Shore Road, Sinclair – Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m.
St. Luce Church, 441 U.S. Route 1, Frenchville – Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Registration is not required.
Parish of the Holy Eucharist, Falmouth
Holy Martyrs Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth - Fridays after 5:30 p.m. Mass. Recordings of the Stations of the Cross at Sacred Heart Church, Yarmouth; St. Jude Church, Freeport; and St. Gregory Church, Gray, are available at www.pothe.org.
Parish of the Holy Savior, Rumford
St. Athanasius & St. John Church, 126 Maine Avenue, Rumford - Fridays at 3 p.m. through Good Friday. The Stations of the Cross will also be livestreamed on the parish website and will be viewable on YouTube.
Parish of the Precious Blood, Caribou
Holy Rosary Church, 34 Vaughn Street, Caribou - Fridays at 3 p.m. through Good Friday and Friday, February 19, at 6 p.m. (All are also livestreamed)
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 333 Main Street, Presque Isle - Fridays at 6 p.m. through Good Friday. March 2 Stations of the Cross also livestreamed.
Our Lady of the Lake, 2111 Portage Road (Route 11), Portage - Tuesday, March 30, at 6 p.m.
St. Denis Church, 143 Main Street, Fort Fairfield - Fridays at 3 p.m. through Good Friday
St. Mark Church, 13 Allen Farm Road, Ashland - Fridays at 3 p.m.
Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, Old Town
Holy Family Church, 429 Main Street, Old Town - The Scriptural Stations of the Cross will be offered both in-person and via livestream on the Fridays of Lent at 7 p.m.
Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Bar Harbor
Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor - Fridays at 5 p.m.
Prince of Peace Parish, Lewiston
Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, 122 Ash Street, Lewiston - A Taizé prayer service, Mass, and Stations of the Cross will be held at the Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, located on 122 Ash Street in Lewiston, on Friday, March 5. Stations of the Cross will begin at 5 p.m., Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m., and the prayer service will start at 6:30 p.m. The evening will be led by Fr. Robert Vaillancourt, a native of Lewiston and the current pastor of St. Brendan the Navigator Parish in Camden. Taizé is named after the ecumenical community founded by Brother Roger in Taizé, France, in the 1940’s. Today, the Taizé community is made up of more than 100 brothers, Catholic and Protestant alike, coming from more than 25 nations. To register to attend, visit www.princeofpeace.me or call Prince of Peace Parish at (207) 777-1200. The event will also be livestreamed at www.princeofpeace.me, www.facebook.com/PrinceOfPeaceME, through the parish app, or on the parish YouTube channel.
Holy Cross Church, 607 Sabattus Street, Lewiston - Fridays at 5 p.m.
Sacred Heart / St. Dominic Parish, Portland
Sacred Heart Church, 65 Mellen Street, Portland - Friday, March 19, at 6:15 p.m.
St. Anne Parish, Gorham
St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street, Gorham - Fridays after 9 a.m. Mass.
St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Jackman
St. Faustina Church, 370 Main Street, Jackman - Livestreamed Friday at 3 p.m. Booklets will be emailed to interested parties upon request. Call (207) 668-2881 to receive the booklet.
St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Westbrook
St. Hyacinth Church, 268 Brown Street, Westbrook - Fridays at 4:30 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 6:30 p.m.
St. Francis of Assisi Church, 81 Court Street, Belfast - Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
St. Christopher Parish, Peaks Island
St. Christopher Church, 15 Central Avenue, Peaks Island - Friday, February 19, at 6:15 p.m.
St. John Paul II Parish, Scarborough
Holy Cross Church, 124 Cottage Road, South Portland - Fridays at 1 p.m. including Good Friday
St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth - Fridays at 5:30 p.m.
St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough - Fridays at 6:15 p.m.
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 after the 9 a.m. Mass (ecumenical Stations of the Cross), and Friday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. (CRS/Missions Stations of the Cross sponsored by the parish's Social Justice and Peace Commission)
St. Mary Church, 3443 Aroostook Road, Eagle Lake - Fridays at 3 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish, Bridgton
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 857 Main Street, Fryeburg - Fridays at 6 p.m.
St. Joseph Church, 225 South High Street, Bridgton - Fridays at 6 p.m.; Good Friday at 3 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish, Ellsworth
St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth - Fridays at 5:30 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish, Farmington
St. Joseph Church, 133 Middle Street, Farmington - Fridays at 6 p.m.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Calais
Immaculate Conception Church, 31 Calais Avenue, Calais - Fridays at 5:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 6 p.m. Both the Stations of the Cross and the Mass will be livestreamed on the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Facebook page.
The Lakota version of the Stations of the Cross will be prayed on Zoom at 3 p.m. on the Thursday evenings of Lent. For the Lakota, each heroic deed earns one's right to wear an eagle feather to commemorate it. Each Station of the Cross, then, displays an accumulated number of eagle feathers commemorating the deeds Christ did on our behalf. The Stations of the Cross will also include Passamaquoddy prayers, drumming, and song. To register, email Pat Phillips at email@example.com, include a mailing address to receive materials.
St. Louis Parish, Portland
St. Louis Church, 279 Danforth Street, Portland - Friday, March 12, at 6:15 p.m.
St. Matthew Parish, Limerick
St. Matthew Church, 19 Dora Lane, Limerick - Stations of the Cross and Benediction on Fridays at 5 p.m. To register to attend in person, visit www.stmatthewlimerick.org/signup or call the parish office at (207) 793-2244,
St. Michael Parish, Augusta
St. Denis Church, 298 Grand Army Road, Whitefield – Fridays at 6 p.m.
St. Francis Xavier Church, 130 Route 133, Winthrop – Fridays at 6 p.m.
St. Joseph Church, 110 School Street, Gardiner – Fridays at 6 p.m. (followed by exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament)
St. Mary Church, 41 Western Avenue, Augusta – Fridays at 3 p.m. (also livestreamed)
In addition, the Maine Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites all Maine Catholics to participate in a live-streamed presentation of the Stations of the Cross on Sunday, March 14, at 3 p.m. The presentation at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Augusta will be led by Deacon Jeffrey Lewis. Following the Stations, adoration and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will also be offered. To participate, view the livestream at www.stmichaelmaine.org/live-stream-st-mary-church.
St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Bangor
St. John Church, 217 York Street, Bangor - Fridays at Noon
St. Mary Church, 768 Ohio Street, Bangor - Fridays at 9 a.m.
St. Matthew Church. 70 Western Avenue, Hampden - Fridays at 5 p.m.
St. Peter Parish, Portland
St. Peter Church, 72 Federal Street, Portland - Friday, March 5, at 6:15 p.m.
St. Peter Chanel Parish, Van Buren
St. Bruno - St. Remi Church, 174 Main Street, Van Buren - Fridays at 5:30 p.m.
St. Peter the Fisherman Parish, Machias
Holy Name Church, 8 Free Street, Machias - Stations of the Cross, followed by 45 minutes of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, will be held every Friday night at 6 p.m..during Lent. Confessions will be heard during adoration as well.
St. Rose of Lima Parish, Jay
St. Rose of Lima Church, 1 Chuch Street, Jay - Fridays following the 12:15 p.m. Mass
St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Norway
St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris Street, Norway - Fridays at 5:30 p.m.; Good Friday at 3 p.m.
St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, Sanford
Holy Family Church, 66 North Avenue, Sanford - Fridays at 4 p.m.
Stella Maris Parish, Bucksport
St. Mary Star of the Sea, 8 Granite Street, Stonington - Fridays at 5 p.m.
St. Vincent de Paul Church, 60 Franklin Street, Bucksport - Fridays at 5 p.m.