Read the article 'The Sneaky Stations of the Cross Playlist' and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. Listen to one of the songs on ‘The Sneaky Stations of the Cross Playlist’. Which song did you listen to? How did it help you understand the Station the song was matched with? How did it help you understand the Passion of Jesus more?
2. Look through 'The Sneaky Station of the Cross Playlist'. What are your favourite songs on this list?
3. Now, look through the playlist again. Are there any songs you think don’t express the station they are matched with? Why do you think this Station and song are mismatched? Which song would you replace it with?
4. Do you think God can speak to us through pop music? Why or why not?
5. What do you think is the best way to teach young people about the Stations of the Cross?
1. Stations of the Cross: As a class act out the Stations of the Cross using ‘The Sneaky Stations of the Cross Playlist’. Students with the help of their teacher can write a script, make props and create costumes. Each student should have a job: an actor, a reader, backstage hand or audio/visual support. Maybe your class could even perform your class’s Stations of the Cross for the entire school!
2. Your own ’Sneaky Stations of the Cross Playlist’: Pick a genre of music, such as country western, R&B, rap, alternative rock, etc. Or you could even pick a decade, such as 1950s or 1980s music. Then create your own playlist with each song from the genre you chose coinciding with a Station of the Cross.
You could then present your playlist to your class. You could even highlight some of your favourite songs from your playlist by playing them for 30 seconds to a minute.
3. How well do you know your Catholic music? Create a 'Catholic Music Stations of the Cross Playlist'. Reflect on each Station of the Cross and think of what Catholic song represents this Station. This is a great way for students to explore Catholic music while becoming more familiar with the Stations of the Cross!
For younger students
Kids Stations of the Cross Playlist: Teachers, read or describe the article to your students. Ask if they recognise any of the titles or possibly play some of the songs for them. Talk to the students about how music can help us understand and express our emotions. Then break students into groups of two or three, and assign each group a Station of the Cross. Teachers, have students spend time thinking about their assigned Station of the Cross. In groups, ask students to choose a song that expresses the emotion and meaning behind their group's assigned Station of the Cross.
After, groups can share with the class about the song they chose and why.