19 April 2022
Hundreds of people have joined in the Good Friday Stations of the Cross, run in Melbourne for the first time since 2019.
The ecumenical walk, designed to remember Jesus’ walk to the Cross from Last Supper to Resurrection, was organised by the Melbourne City Churches in Action.
MCCIA convenor, Wesley Uniting Church minister the Reverend Alistair Macrae, said the walk had a “great vibe” and was “wonderful”.
“It went really well …. I thought it was an amazing response given COVID’s still hanging around,” he said.
“We didn’t know how many to expect because we haven’t had it for two years because of COVID.”
The procession began at St Francis’ Church on Lonsdale St at 10am and passed through eight city churches before ending at St Paul’s Cathedral at 12.15pm.
Mr Macrae said there were about 1000 marchers.
The 14 stations of the walk were marked by a series of bronze sculptures telling the story of the journey of Jesus from the Last Supper to the Cross.
At each station those participating paused briefly for prayer, readings, reflection and song.
The walk resumed on Easter Sunday at dawn, beginning at St Paul’s Cathedral, crossing over the Yarra River, and ending at St John’s Southgate. Mr Macrae said a small gathering attended on Easter Sunday.
St Peter’s Eastern Hill, St Patrick’s Cathedral and St Michael’s Uniting were among the participating churches.