With prayers in their hearts, hundreds of Christian faithful symbolically retraced the Way of the Cross early on Friday in the city commemorating the crucifixion of Christ and marking this year’s Good Friday observance.
As in the past years, the three Catholic Rites - Syro Malabar, Latin Catholic and the Syro-Malankara Catholic - took out the procession from the St Joseph’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Palayam. In his introductory speech prior to the procession, Cardinal Mar Baselios Cleemis said that the cross has, over the centuries, stood for salvation and hope.
‘’For the Jews, the cross symbolised defeat and punishment. By accepting the cross, Christ made it the mark of salvation and hope. Over the centuries, the cross has come to represent the attainment of hope and salvation through tolerance,’’ the Cardinal said.
The procession commemorating the Stations of the Cross - Christ’s final journey to Calvary bearing the cross - took the usual route and concluded at the cathedral. Traditionally, there are 14 ‘stations’, from Jesus’s condemnation to his being laid in the tomb. Cardinal Cleemis was accompanied by the Latin Archbishop of Thiruvananthapuram M Soosaipakiam and other church leaders.
Later in the day, Cardinal Cleemis later held the Good Friday service at the St Thomas Malankara Catholic Church, Attingal. Vicar Fr Bovas Mathew led the rites.
Easter Sunday rituals will begin at the St Mary’s Cathedral, Pattom, at 8 pm on Saturday. Holy Mass will be held at 6.30 am on Sunday. At the St Joseph’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Palayam, the ceremonies commemorating the Resurrection will begin at 11 pm on Saturday. Archbishop Soosaipakiam will lead the service. On Sunday, Holy Mass will be held at 7 am, 8.30 am, 10 am and 5 pm.
Holy Saturday rites will be held at the Lourdes Forane Church at 6.30 am. The rites on Sunday will begin at 5 pm. Holy Mass will be held at 7.15 am and 8.45 am as well as 5 pm.