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Remembering Jesus’ sacrifice

Saturday, April 19 2014

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THIS IS MY BODY: Jesus Christ is held by his mother Mary after being crucified on the Cross. ...
THIS IS MY BODY: Jesus Christ is held by his mother Mary after being crucified on the Cross. ...

HUNDREDS of parishioners braved early morning showers yesterday to commemorate Jesus’ condemnation, scourging and crucifixion during the annual Good Friday Stations of the Cross and re-enactment of the Passion of Christ produced by the St Michael the Archangel parish, Maracas St Joseph.

The procession began with the recitation of the Rosary at 4 am at Leotaud Savannah, Maracas Royal Road. On reaching Acono Junction, the re-enactment began with Jesus’ arrest, whipping and condemnation to death. Actors from the parish took on the roles of Biblical characters, including Darrien Narine as Jesus, Brinnelle James (Mary), Carlos de Matas (Pontius Pilate) and Mark de Matas (Judas Iscariot). Parish priest Fr Gerard Tang Choon, portrayed a Roman soldier.

The gathering then made its way along Maracas Royal Road to the church yard, marking each of the 14 Stations of the Cross along the way. They were led by two Mounted Branch police officers, Constables Subero aboard “Hassan” and Donatien riding “Herra”. Both men were also dressed as soldiers.

The heavy laden clouds relieved some of their burden ever so often, sending umbrellas up into the air. But nothing could dampen the spirits of the faithful as they soldiered on, praying, singing and reflecting on the life and death of their Saviour.

There were a few tense moments as hurried and harried motorists impatiently waited for the procession to clear enough space on the narrow road for them to pass, but tempers were held in check and things ran smoothly.

Fr Tang Choon told Newsday he was very happy with the day’s proceedings in spite of the weather. He was also pleased with the number of young people who took part in the production, many of them for the first time. He also praised parishioners who helped stage the re-enactment, including those who worked behind the scenes.

He said the day’s observances were offered as a prayer for the nation and an end to violence against women and children. The procession ended in the church yard with “Jesus” being hung on a cross and eventually being buried on a tomb. And then the rains came.

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