Good Friday’s “Way of the Cross” Prayer Walk
On Good Friday hundreds of walkers of different ages, different backgrounds, different denominations gathered in Saskatoon to walk together through the downtown streets to listen to readings from the Holy Gospel, to pray together and to join together to walk and think about the walk that out Lord Jesus walked on that day over 2,000 years ago.
This group walked in rain, snow and sleet, a cold day and as the group walked the 14 stations the mood was quiet, somber and then up-lifting as we listened and watched different groups from Saskatoon carry a 6-foot wooden cross, read the scriptures and give a short reflection about what the reading meant to their organization. The last station, Station 14 was the Station that our Bishop, Bishop David along with Bishop Don (Roman Catholic) and Sandra (United Church) carried the cross for the last time to the steps of St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral where each of the church leaders said a few works of reflection. It was a moving experience for those that took part as well as a ecumenical witness to our risen Lord.
On Palm/Passion Sunday Bishop David joined the Battle River Parish in worship. The service started in the outer hallway of St. Paul’s, with the Liturgy of the Palms, before processing into the church for the rest of the service. During the service Rev. Peter Norman was installed as a Canon of the Diocese of Saskatoon. Rev. Peter has served our diocese for the past 7 years in the Battle River Parish; before that he and his family served in parishes on Vancouver Island.
After the service everyone joined together for a wonderful potluck lunch.
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Over the last few weeks, we have been travelling through Lent and many of us are now focused on Easter Sunday.
With that focus, we don’t seem to have much time to contemplate the days between Passion Sunday and Easter Sunday, the week we call Holy Week. Yet during that week we have the opportunity to reflect on our rich heritage; it is a week not to be missed.
Photo Credit: Lynn Michaels