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Stations of the Cross
Good Friday (2nd April, 2010)
On Tuesday evening a severe storm consisting of high winds, ice and drifting snow wreaked havoc across the parish of Greencastle, much of Tyrone and many other parts of the country. Many parishioners were without electricity and water supplies for several days.
Under these circumstances we entered into the special spiritual and human journey that is remembered by Christians everywhere, that we call Holy Week.
A public ‘Way of the Cross’ pilgrimage of prayer was planned for 6.00pm on Good Friday – a walk that would take us from the ancient and pre-Christian Stone Circles at Beaghmore to the Church of Our Lady of the Wayside, Broughderg where we have been worshipping and praying for almost 25 years.
Heavy and sustained rain in the afternoon and early evening made the pilgrimage impossible, so a group of parishioners gathered at the church and the Stations of the Cross were prayed – indoors this year!
Holy Week 2010 will be remembered for a long time into the future
I. Jesus is condemned to death
II. Jesus receives the cross
III. Jesus falls the first time
IV. Jesus meets His mother
V. Simon of Cyrene carries the cross
VI. Veronica wipes Jesus’ face with her veil
VII. Jesus falls the second time
VIII. Jesus meets the daughters of Jerusalem
IX. Jesus falls the third time
X. Jesus is stripped of his garments
XI. Jesus is nailed to the cross (Crucifixion)
XII. Jesus dies on the cross
XIII. Jesus’ body is removed from the cross (Pietá)
XIV. Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered in incense
May this very personal devotion deepen the faith of each participant