Filipinos re-enact Christ's crucifixion in gory spectacle

Choir boys walk into St Paul's Cathedral during the Choral Eucharist

Christians of many denominations came together to follow in the footsteps of their Savior in a show of interfaith unity.

Carmelo Riccardo Tringalli - a Catholic from Sydney - said it was his first Good Friday procession in Melbourne for some time.

The demonstration also pays tribute to the walk Jesus Christ took before being crucified, according to church members.

Each stop on the processing service will include readings of Scripture detailing the journey from Jesus' trial before Pontius Pilate, to accepting the cross, carrying the cross to Golgotha, or Calvary, and finally his crucifixion and death on the cross.

Several Filipino devotees were nailed to crosses in a re-enactment of a Good Friday ritual, which one of the men dedicated to the victims of the deadly bombings of two churches in Egypt.

That event, which began at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Main Street in Brewer and culminated at St. John's on York Street in Bangor, will be held every other year beginning in 2018, the Rev. Brad Morin said Friday. The first activity was a celebration of the stations at night with only candles and the imagination of the retreat participants.


At each station, there will be scripture reading and interactive prayers. The angle allows him to consider the play of light and shadow on each relief as he carves.When he finished the final relief, this is how he felt: "It's about time", he said, laughing.He's passionate about showing them.

Although the "Way of the Cross" has a cast of about 30 in full costume, it attracts more people as it moves from the courthouse to the church.

Wilkie has served in various ecclesiastic capacities in the community, and has participated in the annual event since its inception, he said.

Many hands went up among the group of about 35 in attendance for the church's 1 p.m. service Friday, to mark the most solemn day in the Christian liturgical calendar.

St. George News Videographer Sheldon Demke contributed to this report.

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