Melbourne CBD's Good Friday Stations of the Cross procession draws thousands

  • Melbourne CBD's Good Friday Stations of the Cross procession draws thousands

Melbourne CBD's Good Friday Stations of the Cross procession draws thousands

A congregant at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd kissing the feet of Jesus Christ on the
cross yesterday as churches marked Good Friday, which commemorates the crucifixion of Christ.

Christians believe that on the third day after his crucifixion, Jesus rose from the dead - the event observed and celebrated on Easter Sunday and the most important day on the Christian calendar.

Summary: "Good Friday is a painful story of love and betrayal for Jesus who was rejected by the people whom he loved".

We took photos of the Stations at St. Mary Mother of God Catholic Church and at Trinity Episcopal Church.

As most Victorians ate hot cross buns, queued for seafood, slept in or hunted for an open supermarket, an estimated 2000 people walked through Melbourne's CBD on Good Friday morning to observe the Stations of the Cross. "We asked their permission to have the same concept here in Cebu", Senior Pastor Macky Sabaye, head organizer of the event, said.

The Spirit of the Desert Church in Ivins was represented by Reverend Lee Montgomery, who said his fellowship has participated for more than 10 years or so, he said.

Ten of the 14 stops were at churches in the area in and around downtown Watertown.

"I think it presents the message of the Gospel", Long said. Processional hymns will be sung in English and Spanish.

"To me, that shows that the message that Jesus was talking about some 2000 years ago hasn't changed, and shouldn't change, but we need the message to be relevant to today's language".

"For many, the power of it is the humility of Christ and that you begin Holy Week off with a sense of if God comes in on a donkey, how much more should we be humble for him?"

Carmelo Riccardo Tringalli - a Catholic from Sydney - said it was his first Good Friday procession in Melbourne for some time.

The Stations of the Cross re-enactment was hosted by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, where members of the congregation put on a re-enactment of the "14 episodes" of Jesus' final day.

"When Jesus spoke about parables he spoke in terms of shepherds herding their flocks, of farmers reaping what they sow and of fishers casting their net wide", he said.