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Procession to enact Christ’s crucifixion

mumbai Updated: Apr 02, 2010 01:33 IST
HT Correspondent

Keeping up a tradition that started more than 20 years ago, the Catholic Secular Forum will organise its 22nd annual Stations of the Cross procession on Friday morning, to mark the occasion of Good Friday.

The Stations of the Cross commemorate the suffering and the journey of Jesus Christ before he was crucified. The procession, the biggest one performing the Passion plays in the city, attracts thousands of devotees every year.

The 12-km procession will begin from Sacred Heart Church in Santacruz (West), halt at 15 spots to enact scenes from the story of Christ’s death and end at St Charles Convent in Vakola.

“The aim is to spread awareness among non-Christians, who often mistake Good Friday to be a festival rather than a day of mourning,” said Joseph Dias, general secretary of CSF.

He said the theme for this year’s procession will be the atrocities against Christians in Karnataka and Orissa and the Ranganath Mishra report for minorities. “We want the government to implement that report, since it recommends granting equal status to Dalit Christians in India,” said Dias.

Alan D’Souza (24), a graphic designer who has played Jesus in the plays for five years, said the procession is a good medium of getting the youth involved in human rights’ issues around the country.