Good weather contribtues to annual Good Friday procession

 

By Joel Charron

 

The Annual Good Friday procession took to the streets this year with near perfect conditions.

Parishioners from St. John the Baptist, led by the Italian community in the parish, along with community volunteers paraded through the streets on the brisk Friday morning to commemorate Jesus’ walk to Calvary.

“We do this procession every year – for over thirty years. We do this in our country, and we do the exact same one here,” said co-organizer Eric Conte.

The procession began and ended at St. John the Baptist Church with a reenactment of Jesus being placed on the cross at the end of the walk, which is followed by a brief church service that concluded the event.

Jesus, portrayed by Mark Simone carries a cross up Richmond Street as part of the Good Friday procession.

Jesus, portrayed by Mark Simone carries a cross up Richmond Street as part of the Good Friday procession.

Stops along the procession’s route included Richmond Terrace Long-Term Care Facility, Christ Church and Wesley United Church.

Conte said he was pleased with how well the Good Friday procession turned out and noted that the nice weather really helped attract people.

“It was better than last year,” said Conte. “The weather was better. A lot of people participated.”

Conte mentioned that the procession is open to the entire community and anyone who cares to participate in next year’s procession should call 519-736-4316.

“We like to have the English people participate and be a part of the tradition. That way when we get old, someone new will be able to take over,” said Conte.

Local resident Mark Simone portrayed the role of Jesus Christ for the first time.

“It’s our tradition, so it’s always the same. The only thing that really changes are the actors,” said Conte.

 

 

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