By Karen Bong
KUCHING, April 19: A large crowd of churchgoers held a Good Friday tradition of walking the Stations of the Cross at St Thomas Cathedral in downtown Kuching to commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ by walking in His footsteps.
The Revd Canon Roannie Cannidy led the congregations to retrace the route Jesus Christ took along the Via Dolorosa or `Way of Sorrow’ towards His crucifixion around the cathedral’s compound today.
There were 14 stations, and at each stop on the processing service, worshippers stopped to have readings from the Scripture detailing the journey from Jesus’ trial before Pontius Pilate to accepting the cross, carrying the cross to Golgotha, or Calvary, and finally His crucifixion and death on the cross, as well as for prayers and sang hymns.
The Stations of the Cross was held at noon, the hours traditionally marked as the time Jesus suffered on the cross before dying.
There will be a Good Friday service at 4pm today.
Tomorrow, the Great Easter Vigil at St Thomas Cathedral will begin at 8pm.
On Easter Sunday, there will be a Holy Communion with hymns at 6.30am, Solemn Liturgy with a procession at 8.15am, Holy Communion in Mandarin at 10.30am, and Evensong with Holy Communion and procession at 5.30pm.
The sorrow of Good Friday is considered a dark prelude to Easter, the brightest and holiest day on the Christian calendar, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. — DayakDaily