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Catholics converge for ritual

Samisoni Nabilivalu
Sunday, April 08, 2012

Catholic faithfuls in Nausori turned out in hundreds on Friday afternoon to witness the annual re-enactment of Jesus Christ's final hours on Earth.

The group, which numbered close to 200, also included members of other Christian denominations who braved the heat to be part of the annual drama at Nausori's St Vincent de Paul Parish.

Mika Wara, a member of Nausori's Catholic Youth Group said members had been praying and fasting since Palm Sunday in preparation for the drama.

"Their prayers and fasting came to end only after the drama finished. Each year the youths organise the drama. Our youth group's members come from Waikete, Toga, Nausori, and Naulu.

"Our youth group prepared well this year. Their prayers and fasting was evident in the beauty of the drama. People told us they were moved by this year's drama," Mr Wara said.

The procession passed through Nausori Town and marked the '14 Stations of the Cross' or events of significance in Christ's journey to Calvary.

Half the roads in Nausori were closed to accommodate the procession which made its way through the town before heading back to the church.

Mr Wara said, "People from all walks of life and ages took part in the procession. Following the burial, there was a service in which church members took part in the veneration of the Cross in which a cross is solemnly displayed to the congregation and then kissed by them.

"We had been building up throughout the week since Palm Sunday and tonight (last night) is the Easter vigil which marks Christ's resurrection."


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