Walk of the Cross proceeds, undaunted

Stephen Macey, of Mosgiel, leads a group of about 30 people from church communities across the...
Stephen Macey, of Mosgiel, leads a group of about 30 people from church communities across the Taieri for a Walk of the Cross on Good Friday. PHOTO: CHRISTINE O’CONNOR
A drizzly morning did not deter Mosgiel’s church communities from joining together for a Walk of the Cross yesterday.

Beginning at St Luke’s Anglican Church, in Gordon Rd, at 8.45am, the cross was carried by a group of about 30 people to Holy Cross Catholic Church, in Church St.

Celebration Church pastor Nathan Shaw said deciding whether to go ahead with the longstanding tradition in the rain was easy.

"We do this because Jesus died a cruel death 2000 years ago — you can’t compare what Jesus did.

"The price he paid and the suffering he went through to die on the cross.

"Rain or sun, we want to make it clear to everybody that what Jesus did was something we want to honour."

The wooden cross arrived at St Mary’s Catholic Church about 10am, and those carrying it moved inside for a Good Friday service, which was attended by about 200 people.

Walks of the Cross were also held across Dunedin yesterday, including in Mornington, when the cross was carried from the Catholic Church to the Presbyterian Church then the Methodist Church and on to the final stop at St Mary’s Anglican Church.

The re-enactment symbolises Christ’s carrying of the cross to the site of his crucifixion, which Christians mark on Good Friday. They believe he rose again on the third day.

molly.houseman@odt.co.nz

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