Good Friday in the City
This year, the Good Friday walk in Toronto on April 10, 2010 was one of the best yet. Christians from many denominations met at the Church of the Holy Trinity beside Eaton Centre and then participated in a creative Stations of the Cross in downtown Toronto, linking the Good Friday story with our threatened world. There were between 250 and 300 participants this year, including many faces we had not seen in previous years.
The six young people from St. John’s produced a drama, Bake Sale for the Tar Sands.
For their station, the Brebeuf youth, under the theme “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing,” told us that a probable 250,000 children under the age of 18 are fighting in conflicts around the world. Most child soldiers are between 15 and 18 years of age but the significant recruitment starts at the age of 10 and the use of even younger children has been recorded.
At the end of this station, all the children are standing with arms outstretched in the form of a cross holding onto the Mother figure. A drummer completed the scene by drumming into the centre and saying, “Mother behold your Son; Son behold your Mother.”
For the last station the L’Arche community mimed Fire and Life accompanied by slides. It was a very powerful ending.
Music, prayer, reflection, drama, and mime were followed by soup, bread and fellowship at walk’s end. The addition of the young adults from Brebeuf High School and six young people who were members of St. John’s Players made the walk poignant and thought provoking.
Written by Georgette Gregory CSJ who also provided the photographs