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For power is made perfect in weakness! (2 Corinthians 12, 9)
Take up the challenge of the Extreme Way of the Cross!

already on 23rd March 2018!
(most routes)

The Idea

You can experience the Way of the Cross "traditionally" in church, comfortably sitting in a bench and listening to meditations. But you can also do it in a different – EXTREME way! And we would like to invite you to set off on such a Way of the Cross. There will be about 100,000 of us in 20 countries! Why don’t YOU set off on the Extreme Way of the Cross in 2018?

Will you take up the challenge (and the opportunity)?

The Challenge

What EWC participants have to do is clear: walk over 40 km on a selected route, at night, in silence, counting only on their own strength. It may be a struggle with your weaknesses and yourself, but it’s also for yourself!

  • Is it really for me?
  • Will I manage?
  • Isn’t it a crazy idea? On Friday, after working all week! After all, it may be done in a “normal” way, in church...

route of approx. 40 km

at night

in changing weather conditions

The challenge is there– take it up or not? You decide, be brave!

The Route

The second stage – you have taken up the challenge and covered the first metres or kilometres.

Nothing out of the ordinary, you walk, every now and then there’s another station, a short prayer - the text of meditations read in the light of the headlamp, if the weather’s good and you don’t get stuck in mud or get wet in puddles then everything is just fine, no big deal - just normal walking. Still a very long way to go...

route marked in EWC mobile app

meditations

you go by yourself or in a group of max. 10 people

Still a very long way to go...

Struggle

It may start at any point of the route, there is no rule, it may go away or stay with you until the end - it will probably stay. And that’s good, because struggle is the essence of EWC. It's the route beyond the comfort zone. You may experience it in many different ways: aching feet, no strength, cold rain on your face.

When exhaustion and fatigue really set in, you then discover that faith gives the reason and strength to go on.

struggling with the hardship and weaknesses

looking for strength to transcend yourself

deep reflection and meditation

And here the "real spiritual exercise" begins, you can open up to deep meditation and prayer.

An encounter with HIM

That’s what EWC is all about. The rest doesn’t matter. Silence, prayer, meditation, long night route, this is what it’s all about, there’s no other reason. Dublin, Chicago, Warsaw, Spitsbergen – the place and the size of the group are not important. The whole idea behind the Extreme Way of the Cross is an encounter with God.

deep spiritual experience

emotions you have never experienced before

the MOST AWARE Way of the Cross in your life

"The Extreme Way of the Cross is a real spiritual exercise and you may be transformed as its aftermath..."

Participants about EWC:

"Everyone has their own reasons, intentions and problems in mind, everyone has a reason to go."

"It is a challenge, the opportunity to experience the Way of the Cross in a different way than usual - physically." Having too much work meant I couldn’t go on an ordinary Way of the Cross in church, but this one is at night, so I found the time. "

"Wanting to prove yourself, identify with Christ. You don’t just take a birch cross, but also your own little crosses."

"This is an interesting experience, for some people it is a form of penance. It gave me time to rethink certain things, to meditate, to calm down. "

"It is not worth living a normal life, it is worth living an extreme life. Here, during the Extreme Way of the Cross, faith meets the will and emotions. This is a real exercise, you may be transformed as its aftermath. "

EWC Standards

HOLY MASS

before the participants set off, they should attend the Holy Mass.

NIGHT

participants cover the route at night.

EFFORT

leaving your comfort zone, experiencing and overcoming your limitations.

Silence

The participants walk in silence.

Solitude

getting away from the world for a while, concentration, making space for an encounter with God.

EWC meditations

going beyond your way of thinking, openness to inspiration for change.

TAKE THE RISK! Make the effort and experience the Way of the Cross which may change your life!

Supporters of EWC