Rusty Crow Primitives

Friday, April 3, 2015

Good Friday, Stations of the Cross, The Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains

My husband and I rode with a Harley group out of Pueblo El Mirage through some of the most scenic country side and back roads in AZ, but by far our visit to Yarnell, AZ  and "The Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains" will always be one of my most memorable stops and was so thought provoking and moving during this season of lent.

We were told to meet at the gas station and kick stands are up at 9:00 am; we were taking a back roads and our trip would take us through Congress, AZ and Yarnell, AZ. These trips are always an adventure and surprises around every corner.

I'll share with you tomorrow our trip to Congress, AZ but for today, I want to share with you something I found to be very touching, very quiet and peaceful and very beautiful in the mountains of Yarnell, AZ.


The following is from the web-site The Shrine of St. Joseph
A visit to the Shrine starts at the foot of St. Joseph, the patron saint of Happy Homes. The statue depicts Joseph returning home from his work. Still carrying some of his tools, he has lifted the Holy Child into his arms. Through his fine example of faithfulness and devotion to those in his care as head of the Holy Family in Nazareth, St. Joseph is the perfect model for all parents. The Shrine stands as an appeal to all people to promote spiritual peace, harmony and love in their own homes. Beyond the statue of St. Joseph, a beautiful rustic path beckons you to walk with Jesus through His last days on earth.

St. Joseph and Jesus
 
The pilgrimage begins at the table of His Last Supper, where He spent His last joyful moments
 
 
Up the path, pause to reflect on His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. 
 
        Follow His footsteps along the Way of the Cross, which memorializes His last hours,
 
 
 
 
 
 from His condemnation to death
 
 
 
 
 to His placement in the tomb.
 
 
The Shrine of Saint Joseph of the Mountains survived the Yarnell Hill Fire and remains a pilgrimage for the state's faithful.
 
 
 


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