This devotion is also called Via Lucis, Latin for "The Way of Light." It is a recent devotion proper to the post-Easter liturgical period.
The new practice has characteristics similar to the Way of the Cross (Via Crucis) and can be prayed individually or in community. A Paschal candle or icon of the Resurrection is carried, rather than a cross.
The Via Lucis includes fourteen stations for reflection, from Christ’s resurrection to Pentecost. The service may include readings of the biblical narratives corresponding to each station, followed by silence, meditative prayer, and a hymn.
Promotion of the Via Lucis was started in 1994 by a group called TR2000 ("TR" standing for Testimoni del Risorto, Italian for "The Witness of the Risen [Christ]"). A few years earlier, in 1989, the Via Lucis was presented to Don Egidio Vigano, head of the Salesian Order, who offered his support and help to TR2000. In 1990, the Via Lucis was first solemnly celebrated by Don Vigano in Rome at the catacomb of St. Calixtus.
From Stations of the Cross -- Stations of Light by Ann Ball
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