A ‘‘powerful’’ performance of the Stations of the Cross has moved churchgoers at St Brendan’s Catholic Church in Shepparton to tears, parish priest Father Joe Taylor said.April 21, 2014 3:15am
A ‘‘powerful’’ performance of the Stations of the Cross has moved churchgoers at St Brendan’s Catholic Church in Shepparton to tears, parish priest Father Joe Taylor said.
About 600 churchgoers filled St Brendan’s on Friday night for the traditional Easter celebration.
The Stations of the Cross tracks the suffering of Jesus from his condemnation, through to his crucifixion and being laid in his tomb.
Fr Joe said the stations originated in Jerusalem where pilgrims would walk the path believed to have been walked by Jesus on his way to be crucified.
‘‘It’s like a mini pilgrimage if you like,’’ he said.
‘‘Traditionally they’d be 14 stations
He said the stations had been performed at St Brendan’s every Easter for about 15 years.
‘‘Each it’s different, but this year it was very, very moving,’’ Fr Joe said.
‘‘It’s a reflection, its’ a time of prayer enter into the mystery of Jesus’ suffering on the cross.’’
This year’s performance was written and directed by Phil Guthrie.
It featured performances from about 20 young people, ranging in age from about eight to 25.
Fr Joe said people were extremely moved by the performance.
‘‘People were in tears at one stage, when they came up to light a candle — it’s very, very moving,’’ he said.
Fr Joe said this year’s performance was ‘‘traditional’’.
‘‘This year was based on John’s Gospel, Phil (Guthrie) is the scriptwriter each year and each year he comes up with something quite creative and quite different,’’ he said.
Fr Joe said John’s Gospel was different to the others in the way it depicts the Passion of the Christ with Jesus in a position of authority.
‘‘When he’s arrested he accepts it and he’s taken away,’’ he said.
‘‘Before (Pontius) Pilate he’s in charge — Jesus is in a chair, like he’s judging.’’
Musical director and organist Dale Wright said two months of preparations went into the production, which made strong use of lighting and sound effects.
‘‘When people walk into the church it’s dark and silent and reflective,’’ Mr Wright said.
‘‘It’s all done by lights.’’
When Sam Atukorala addresses his children in his mother tongue of Sinhalese, they understand him completely, but they always reply in English.
Mulwala’s own motor racing sensation Steve ‘Harro’ Harrison has won the 2014 Victorian Super Tin Tops Championship.
St Augustines College, Kyabram, has won the inaugural School’s Sustainability Cup for 2014, beating several Melbourne schools.
Stanhope’s Fonterra plant will have cheese flowing again next week after a fire at the plant on Tuesday morning.
Four people, including a father and his two children, were fined more than $18,000 for their role in an alcohol-fuelled brawl at a Lockington party earlier this year which ended in a teenager beaten up and forced into a dog cage.
New faces for Girgarre FNC
A time to include late loved ones in the spirit of the season.
Firefighters were able to save a Finley property's buildings after a large stack of hay bales went up in flames on Monday.
Eppalock Primary School has gone global.
Scout Group hopes to raise funds for World Scout Jamboree through novel 24-hour endurance test.
Forest tour only way to understand impact.
Fodder depots have been set up in Euroa and Thoona for farmers hit by the recent fires.
The rail tracks are in such disrepear V/Line is having to close the buffet car between Euroa and Seymour due to health and safety concerns to hospitality staff.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.