GEORGE TOWN: It was a longer than usual Good Friday service at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Pulau Tikus.
But for 44-year-old Jacqulyn Ann Santiya and her five-year-old niece Odelia Richard Louis, the 120-minute service during the ‘Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion’ was worthwhile.
Santiya said remembering the Lord’s sacrifice was a very significant event to all Christians.
“With Good Friday today, we recall the Lord’s sufferings to carry on even though there were obstacles, and to relive the times he had lived through,” she said yesterday.
More than 800 parishioners joined the service which saw the Way of the Holy Cross procession by three parishioners through 14 windows of the church.
Parishioner Theresa Cheah, 65, said the procession represented the 14 Stations of the Cross.
“The Stations of the Cross depicts Jesus’ journey on his way to crucifixion, which involved endurance of suffering, insults, moments of support and sacrifice that we believe Jesus went through for us,” she said.
Later, the parishioners lined up to kiss the feet of Jesus Chris statue on the cross, an act to commemorate the day Jesus Christ was crucified.
Rev Francis Anthony from the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Green Lane, who led the service on behalf of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, said Good Friday was an important day as Christians would set aside time to remember and commemorate the love of their God.
“Jesus saved us and brought us liberation, thus, it is not only a time for us to grieve that Jesus came and gone, but also for us to celebrate liberation and salvation,” he said.
After Good Friday, Christians will mark Holy Saturday today followed by Easter celebration tomorrow.
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