Catholic and Anglican congregations combine for Easter

FOR the first time in Taree, parishioners from the Catholic and Anglican congregations will join together on Good Friday to celebrate an ancient Christian tradition known as the Way of the Cross.

A procession led by Fr Keith Dean-Jones from the Anglican Church and Fr George Anthicadu from the Catholic Church will walk in silence from St John’s Anglican Church to Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church on Good Friday.

A procession led by Fr Keith Dean-Jones from the Anglican Church and Fr George Anthicadu from the Catholic Church will walk in silence from St John’s Anglican Church to Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church on Good Friday.

At 10.30am parishioners from both denominations will gather at St John’s Anglican Church to commence this spiritual pilgrimage, praying and reflecting at seven of the Stations of the Cross.

A procession led by Fr Keith Dean-Jones from the Anglican Church and Fr George Anthicadu from the Catholic Church will walk in silence to Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church where they will continue with the remaining seven Stations of the Cross.

“In doing so, we act out parts of Christ’s life. 

“Easter is the foundation of Christian faith,” said Fr George. 

Father Keith added, “Christians participating in Easter ceremonies, particularly this procession, share in the mystery of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection.”

The days just before Easter mark Holy Week, a time when Christians participate in ancient religious practices-some of them only performed once a year.

Ceremonies began on Palm Sunday on March 28 and run up to Easter, a week later, including a commemoration of The Last Supper on Holy Thursday and The Lord’s Passion on Good Friday followed by a celebration of Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Children join in this celebration courtesy of the Easter Bunny.

All are welcome to attend the ceremonies.