Good Friday observed in Madhya Pradesh

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 25, 2016 22:01 IST
Christian devotees enact the crucifixion during prayer sessions organised by the Syro-Malabar church to observe Good Friday in Bhopal. (Mujeeb Faruqui/ HT photo)

Good Friday, the day that marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was commemorated by members of the Christian community across Madhya Pradesh.

As part of the Good Friday commemoration, rituals like ‘way of the cross’ was held at various churches in Bhopal including the Syro-Malabar church at the BHEL Carmel school ground and at St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Govindpura. The way of the cross includes 14 stations.

The stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with his condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ’s last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.

The stations of the Cross are commonly found in churches as a series of 14 small icons or images.

Archbishop of Bhopal Leo Cornelio said “cross is a sign of redemption and love of God”. He condemned all forms of violence and persecution done against Christians all over the world. He asked the people to remember the words of Jesus saying “Remember if they have done violence against me, then be sure you the disciples will be also ready to face persecutions and violence”

Good Friday is a part of the 40-day period of penance and prayer called Lent.

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