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Macleod Christians walk in footsteps of saviour

Leslie Charlton gives a reading

Leslie Charlton gives a reading at one of the Stations of the Cross.

Ronald Montemayor carries cross

Ronald Montemayor carries the wooden cross

Fort Macleod residents on Good Friday walked in the footsteps of their saviour Jesus Christ.
About 70 people turned out for the annual Way of the Cross procession, which recreates Christ’s painful journey to crucifixion.
“This is not simply a journey that Jesus made, but rather a journey that we all continue to make each day of our lives,” Father Ben Marino said. “Every step, every stumble and every victory that we experience each day has already been experienced by Jesus himself.”
“Together with Jesus we shall walk the steps that lead to a death, for we all face little deaths each day,” Father Marino added. “But even more, together with Jesus, we will rejoice in the resurrection that follows these deaths, because the cross is not a sign of defeat. It is a sign of victory.”
The hour-long Way of the Cross procession attracted a wide range of people from the community including 18-month-old Chloe Sophia Bravo, who walked and rode in a stroller pushed by her parents Roy Bravo and Sonia Mago.
A determined Donna Pelech, 97 also took part, leaning on her two-wheeled walker for support.
Participants gathered on the steps of Holy Cross Church for a symbolic journey that took them around the block and ended at the church.
Chris Adamiak hoisted the heavy wooden cross to his shoulder to start the journey north on Third Avenue to 27th Street.
Guitarist Michael Van Hell provided live music accompaniment to go with recorded songs as participants sang on their way to each of the Stations of the Cross.
Along the way people sang, prayed and listened to readings at each of the Stations of the Cross that marked events on Jesus’ walk to Calvary.
People took turns carrying the wooden cross east on 27th Street to Fourth Avenue, then south to 26th Street and west to Third Avenue.
“The journey we are about to make is a special one,” Father Marino said. “It is a journey that has already been made for us by Jesus.”
The readings at the Stations of the Cross were given by Helen Beste, Sebastian David, Malie Charlton, Joe Hamacher, Joan Isberg, Laura Martin, Michelle Trowbridge, Leslie Charlton, Emily McTighe, Elaine Lambert, and Ruth McDougall.
“We have journeyed these steps in a spirit of prayerful hope,” Father Marino said when the cross returned to Holy Cross Church. “When we unite our sufferings and difficulties to those of our Lord Jesus Christ, our sadness and distress will eventually change into joy, vindication, healing and peace.”
“Though we may bear the scars of our hurts, we will no longer be prisoners of fear, for we have triumphed through the victory of the cross and resurrection,” Father Marino added. “Let us always be about our Lord’s work.”
Participants in the Way of the Cross procession then gathered at Holy Cross Hall for hot cross buns, coffee, tea and juice.

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