World Youth Day, Sydney 2008

A Very Good Friday

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Yesterday was dubbed “Good Friday” by the press in Sydney.  It was indeed a very good Friday.  The central activity, aside from the morning catechesis and celebration of the Eucharist, was the celebration of the Stations of the Cross.  With 250,000 participating, one could imagine the logistical difficulties.  However, it was beautifully done.  It was a modern, artistic rendition – one which, however, preserved the core of tradition of this devotion. 

Parts of the Stations were especially moving.  One of those moments was the station when Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross.  This was done by one of the Aborigines.  Details such as this one gave the Stations a modern tinge that allowed the participants to enter the heart and spirit of the devotion.  One of the stations stopped in front of one of the Sydney hospitals, in order to acknowledge the suffering that people encounter every day.

Today, the pilgrims will pray with Pope Benedict at a vigil.  The concluding Mass will be with the Holy Father tomorrow morning.  We will certainly maintain our prayers for the archdiocese.

-Bishop Cantu

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Written by archsa

July 18, 2008 at 6:14 pm

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  1. Watching the Stations of the Cross was amazing! To see the effect it had on the pilgrims was incredible. To have been there in person must have been surreal. All of us at St. Joseph’s Honey Creek are so excited for all of the pilgrims. We miss all of you and can’t wait to see each and every one of you. May you feel God’s blessings upon you and the strength of the Holy Spirit during this very special time in your life. We will continue to pray for you during your time down under and also for your safe journey back home.

    Ken & Kathy Gottardy

    July 18, 2008 at 7:43 pm


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