|Good Friday on ‘the hill’ - Apr 26|
|2009 - News from the Parishes|
|Thursday, 23 April 2009 15:17|
Historically, the faithful of the Laventille Morvant Pastoral area devote their time and energy to process through the streets singing and praying on Good Friday.
It is by far one of the most rigorous, sacrificial moments mainly due to the rugged, mountainous terrain on which they have to tread and the strict “water-only” fast that is observed. The walk usually takes about six hours commencing at Rosehill, through the streets of Laventille, Trou Macaque and Morvant ending at St Dominic’s RC Church.
In seeking to rejuvenate our Catholic identity, the youth from the National Shrine, Laventille and Corpus Christi, Success were not excluded as they played active roles in their splendid dramatic presentations.
While the message was the same in both portrayals, Shrine’s was more on the humorous side, while Success’ was more serious. They centered on the deadly temptations facing the youth – alcohol, glamour, drugs etc as an escape in times of desperation and the struggle to stay close to God. In the end, evil cannot win and Jesus always saves, shielding us from the many vices and seductions of the fowler.
Young boys from the children’s ministry at Corpus Christi Church carry the cross for some miles to the Lower Morvant Government Primary School.
Another pinnacle moment on the journey was witnessing about five young boys between the ages of 6-8 years old from the children’s ministry at Corpus Christi Church willingly carry the cross for some miles to the Lower Morvant Government Primary School. It was a sight to behold. At the school, the Divine Mercy Chaplet was prayed specifically for deceased parishioners, family, friends and those who have no one to pray for them.
Finally the last leg of the journey – on to St Dominic’s for the Good Friday liturgy. This year as the procession arrived an hour earlier, prayers for healing and the Divine Mercy novena were said.
After a very long day filled with perspiration and inspiration, the liturgy was concluded at approximately 5.00 p.m. The congregation, especially those who made the walk, looked forward to devouring the hot and delicious corn soup to break the fast. All left fulfilled, renewed, contented, healed, clinging on to the hope that as we commemorate Jesus’ death on this day, we know that He will rise again as He said He would.________________________________________________________________________________________ **DISCLAIMER**: User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment writer and are not representative of Camsel/Catholic News or its staff. Camsel/Catholic News accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments. Please help us keep our site clean from inappropriate comments by using the flag option. Camsel/Catholic News reserves the right to remove, to edit or to censor any comments. Any content which is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will be removed. Before posting, please refer to the Comments Policy under Resources