Good Friday observed in city with 'way of cross'

Some of the estimated 2000 people who attended the Stations of the Cross walk through Melbourne's CBD on Good Friday

Good Friday observed in city with 'way of cross'

Thousands of Christians flocked to churches here yesterday to observe Good Friday, which commemorates Jesus Christ's crucifixion and death. Their painting is an innovative interpretation of the Good Friday memorial, also known as the Way of Sorrows, that first entered the practices of Western churches more than 500 years ago.

One person carried a cross throughout the grounds as the group followed singing:"Jesus remember me, when you come into your kingdom".

Pastor Minturn says Jesus died on the cross on Good Friday so that every one of us can have a relationship with God.

"Another sadness to me today is that the Greek and the Orthodox Church is not participating today, given Easter is the same day for us all this year".

"We are physically walking with Jesus and it takes effort from all of us", Malloy said. The event was open to both men and women and more than 10,000 people were expected.

During the procession, Father Swierz and an entourage of deacons and altar attendants approached stained glass depictions of each of the stations - which lined the perimeter of the church's sanctuary - and led the congregation in call-and-response readings that explained the scene.

It then moved to Wesley Uniting Church on Lonsdale Street to hear how Roman emperor Pontius Pilate asked Jesus if he was "the king of the Jews".

"Stations of the Cross" refers to a series of images depicting Jesus on the day of his crucifixion, with accompanying prayers at each stop.

"Holy Week is not telling people what to do; it's meditating on what God has done for us".

The church will conclude Holy Week with an Easter service, worship, baptisms and a picnic on Sunday at the riverbank of Camp Hope. "It just kind of makes you feel more in touch with it at that moment". "Someone who knows us, understands us, appreciates our burdens, our sadness, our sorrow, our struggles, because he shared them all in the person of Jesus the suffering servant". "When He was crucified, He said that He was going to be king and they didn't believe Him".

James Lord-Randall and Virginia Lord-Randall said they are relatively new to the area, having lived in the area for about seven years.

"When Jesus spoke about parables he spoke in terms of shepherds herding their flocks, of farmers reaping what they sow and of fishers casting their net wide", he said.

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