Chilling weather fails to dampen procession

More than 50 members of four Queenstown churches shrugged off rain and wind to take part in a multi-denominational Easter Walk of the Cross yesterday.

The Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and Salvation Army churchgoers walked through the resort’s town centre, with one or two at a time carrying a heavy wooden cross, from St Joseph’s Church to St Peter’s Church.

Because of the rough weather when the procession started, most of the readings, prayers and hymns planned for each of the seven "stations" along the route were conducted at the second station, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

Carrying a cross into St Peter’s Anglican Church at the head of a Walk of the Cross procession in...
Carrying a cross into St Peter’s Anglican Church at the head of a Walk of the Cross procession in Queenstown yesterday is resort resident Rey De Lara. PHOTO: GUY WILLIAMS
The walk, which is a way for Christians to reflect on Jesus’ life and his journey up to crucifixion, ended with a brief service and morning tea at St Peter’s.

St Joseph’s Queenstown parish priest Fr Jaime Lalaguna said the Walk of the Cross was an important Good Friday tradition.

"We walk very silently across the town so people can see us.

"Even though some don’t believe, they could see there was an activity that expresses our faith in Jesus."

Fr Lalaguna said he was pleased to see so many take part, despite the weather.

"I was a bit surprised — I expected 10 to 15 — but even children joined the walk."

guy.williams@odt.co.nz

 

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