Good Friday walkers undeterred by thunder squall

Good Friday 2012 on Seyid Amir Ali Avenue

KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – First thunder squall and torrential rains of the season greeted the Good Friday walkers who ventured out to pray and visit seven churches, a popular devotion in Kolkata.

The rain which started at 6.30 am, did not deter some 800 people of Christ the King Church Park Circus who gathered for the annual Good Friday Stations of the Cross through the streets. The down pour did not scare the faithful; most of them did not carry an umbrella. Priests, Religious, Sisters, men and women, boys and girls lined up behind the men carrying a heavy cross escorted by Police. The procession passed unhindered on the flooded streets bereft of people who had scurried for shelter from the rains under shop fronts or trees.

Some of the Good Friday walkers were seen going bare foot. Even in the procession, there were young people who chose to walk bare feet as mark of penance.

In front of Missionaries of Charity on Park Street

The procession passed through Seyid Amir Ali Avenue through the Park Circus Seven Point crossing on to Mother Teresa Sarani (Park Street). It stopped for prayers at the Missionaries of Charity House on Park Street. In spite of the rain scores of MC Sisters came out to pray.

The procession led by the parish priest Fr Orson Wells cut through the market on to C.I.T. Road and past Don Bosco Circle to Don Bosco School Park Circus for 12th Station and returned to the parish, all through intermittent rains which drenched the devotees.

Mr Dominic Azavedo, who has been leading the traditional Good Friday Way of the Cross for over 30 years led the prayers in English language. There were two sets of prayer teams, one in English and the other in Bengali, facilitated by sound systems mounted on two traditional Kolkata hand pulled rickshaws. The procession lasted about 90 minutes.

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2 responses to “Good Friday walkers undeterred by thunder squall

  1. The downpour on Good Friday is normally considered something scriptural. It creates the dramatic feel of heaven weeping or the thunders are likened to the earthquake on the day of crucifixion. Therefore, people who know the scripture and love God see the rain and thunder as romantic elements that add up to the originality and due sentiments of the day. Moreover, it is the rain that brings relief in the city like Kolkata.

    Well, we here at Angadikadavu, too saw the threat of the rain. Nearly every day it rains here in the evening. Nonetheless, hardly any one carried an umbrella during the Way of the Cross. It drizzled a little which seemed like the sprinkling of the Holy Water. The little drizzle, clouds, breeze and occasional strong sunshine had conducive effect on the devotees today.
    So, rain, thunder and a little storm on Good Friday is a blessing, say many Christians.

  2. Desmond Gomes

    kudos to Christ the king parish.
    I was one of the participants of that faithful day. In fear and trembling we walked trough all that you rightly mentioned, including the fear of falling trees, stricking lightning and hailstones falling, flooded streets of dirty waters and the dread of live electrical wires from the lamp post. But the lord led us through the RED sea to reach the promised land of our church safe and sound.
    THANKS BE TO GOD!!!!!
    ALLELUIA ALLELUIA

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