Walk On: Lent 2021 - Episode 7: the one with Darth Vader breathing
"Walk On" music Well we've come to the final walk of our Lent journey and we'll be seeing more about the previous ones along the way. It's quite a short walk today , in fact very short walk today If you can see in front of us we're looking up the steps and we've come to a place called Rojales which isn't too far from us Would you like to explain what we're going to do? We're going to walk up the steps passing through or bypassing, going next to, all the Stations of the Cross where they're all symbolized on their way up to the top of this lovely hill that overlooks the valley of Rojales now usually during Holy Week, there are processions and reflections We've been on them previous times with guests at night time where there's a silent procession up to the crosses and they're used all the way through Holy Week and of course those won't be taking place this year it's a short walk but it's the final one of our Lenten journey so if you like to come with us, and join us on the journey - okay let's go Station 1: Jesus is condemned to death So as we said it will be a shorter walk and going up steps with the camera might be a little bit awkward As we're going up, we'll see the views of the surrounding area when we get to the top Station 2: Jesus carries His cross So, as we begin our walk up past the Stations It feels a bit more solemn, walking up today doesn't it than it does some of the previous places we´ve been to We´ve now got to the next station Station 3: Jesus falls for the first time it's been very cleverly done all the way up and of course pilgrims and worshippers since the first century have tried to recreate the Via Dolorosa the final journey - the road of sorrow We can just about see the crosses at the top of the hill Station 4: Jesus meets his mother I don't think we'll try and give a theological reflection of Jesus's steps and journeys in a literal narration of the stations but it's more the final steps of a journey that was extremely horrific and painful but that he knew had to be achieved well we started at Santa Pola didn't we? yes with the sea Station 5: Simon of Cyrene carries the cross The "therapeuticness of the waves" What's quite amusing is the gear that we´d put together for that that did prompt a bit of a discussion as to how we're going to do it and certainly what i'm carrying today is a lot lighter than what we were carrying that day yes r2d2 sat on the end of a microphone stand yes that was quite heavy to carry along it was really people looked at us as though we were a bit weird carrying a great big mic some news reporters - they thought- i think so We've been phenomenally fortunate with the weather each week we've gone out This glorious weather today is absolutely glorious Station 6: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus it doesn't feel like a a walk you can rush really does it? when you're walking up to three crosses imposing themselves on the skyline - no certainly not It's so peaceful up here and it's a very big busy village just below us - Rojales And here it's just silence Station 7: Jesus falls for the second time and then the second one we had a walk around the palm parks of Elche broke the tire on the way there that's true yeah different steps along the journey yes different challenges oh steps don't do my hips good okay I will look at the views to see where we are at the moment oh little town of Rojales Everywhere is very green at the moment for Spain, after all the rain we've had Give it another month and it won't look this green We really are in spring Station 8: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem and the third one we went to El Hondo bird reserve yes that was our first more traditional spanish picnic - yes it was that was definitely more back to nature the first one was more touristy the second thousands of years old the third one back to nature Station 9: Jesus falls for the third time and the fourth we went to El Pinet and the beach yes with another bird reserve with it slightly and a snake - yeah! it's not quite the 12 stations of the cross is it? It´s the six stations of Julie and Mike's Lent journey but what have we learned on our journey? that making videos takes an awful lot of time it's more than that isn't it? Each week's been different really - each walk´s been different Number five I particularly enjoyed up to the Pantano de Elche I think that was more in the open air with more like hiking than tourism really Station 10: Jesus is stripped of his garments then last week Palm Sunday goes into the Palm parks which really was touristy and manufactured yeah but it had its moments well we've reached the little arena just at the foot of the cross where usually in this time of year there are sound and light shows on Maundy Thursday and the whole of the the passion is played out with actors and Jesus is, at the end, hung on this big cross in front of us it's really spectacular but it's at half past two in the morning on Good Friday morning the whole of the bible verses appertaining to it are read out word for word it's quite good fun trying to guess the Spanish at that point isn't it and trying to work out the translation. Work out exactly what's being said Station 11: Jesus is nailed to the cross These crosses really are spectacular in their simplicity yeah they always remind me a bit of the Angel of the North i mean obviously the Angel of the North is cross shaped but it's this urban rusty metal idea -industrial representation - that's quite interesting because of course there's nothing sanitized about the crucifixion They're not ornate and plastic with little doves and pictures on and i said a lot of Easter's got nothing to do with Easter and certainly the crosses HAVE So these particular festivities that happen in Spain are absolutely ´on point´´ as they say they are to do with the last journey and the death and ultimately the resurrection of Jesus Station 12: Jesus dies on the cross Shall we walk all the way up to the crosses? yeah we're not allowed to do that when the processions are on A feel like a standard bearer holding this camera it's quite hard work walking up steps with it - it is a little bit It really is three crosses on a hill It's getting a lot more breezy up here now i don't know if you can turn around and see the view maybe We´ll have a walk around the outside it is getting a bit breezier we´ll get blown off! It's one of those travel photography incidents selfies it comes to an end please don't go any further There seems something inappropriate about having a selfie taken next to a cross We can see the sea just about as far as we can see I think you're right, I think that is Alicante Castle across there, you said that it was before when we were walking up and I think it is So, Elche is across there and of course this again - all of the flat we can see here back to the first couple of weeks - this was all part of the lagoon of Elche wasn't it? yes and none of this was here It's a bit breezy up here I´ll just walk ahead of you, I´m not too keen on being up here in the wind no it's a bit blowy actually I don't want to fall off We've managed six walks without injury, I don't want to ruin the seventh but really is a 360 you could do a 360 view round this you really are on the top of a hill it reminds me of the Hymn "There is a green hill far away" So you're reminded of "There is a green hill far away, without a city wall" "where the dear Lord was crucified he died to save us all" I think are the words, I could be incorrect, it's a long time since I´ve sung it I think "At the foot of the cross" is one that I would think about here I think of Mary being here It would not have been easy No, when you look at it like that because it probably is about the size of the crosses Because it is huge, and you think of the mother just at the bottom watching her son die I can't think of many things that could be worse Station 13: Jesus´ body is taken down from the cross No, and I've said several times that it's all right in hindsight with Christians believing in the Resurrection but at the time the people there didn't know that was going to happen So Good Friday itself and Easter Saturday was a lot of doubt and a lot of confusion Easter Saturday must have just been grief and emptiness yeah, well, the first stages of it anyway Station 14: Jesus´ body is laid in the tomb Music: The Servant King By Graham Kendrick, performed by Nick Fletcher There's not one learning point that you can say about our Lent journeys, is there? it's more "We've got to the end and we've done a few" "and we've shared a few ideas and we've realized how difficult that is" there's an inevitability about doing it but then there's a questioning as to whether or not you should be doing it at all So there are a lot of things in life you do that are a bit like like that aren't there? There are. It's increased my love of nature
and experiences, and realizing that you don't need to spend lots of money to to do things that you find meaningful I love olives Before I came to Spain i hated them until a friend of mine who travelled around Europe often said that she taught herself to like olives because she felt she couldn't visit Mediterranean countries and not do so So I decided to try the same and actually I've managed it and now I love olives I´m not so keen on the black strong ones but green olives I love these are nicer for me because they've been de-stoned they are "Sin huesos" and they have an anchovy instead, so I don't have to spit out the stone Betty Ford clinics do that now you have lost me get people "de-stoned" .... I see, oh dear!