Big turnout expected tonight

March 30, 2018

Performing: Taylor Smith-Morvell plays Jesus in this year's Stations of the Cross at St Brendan's Catholic Church in Shepparton.

Since its origins more than 20 years ago, St Brendan’s Catholic Church’s Stations of the Cross has continued to grow in popularity.

Stations co-ordinator Dale Wright said many years ago when he began his role there were just 30 people in attendance.

Now, about 600 people fill the church on Good Friday each year to watch the story of Jesus’ condemnation and crucifixion.

Parish priest Joe Taylor said he had also seen an increase in interest over his six years in Shepparton.

‘‘I think people really connect with the cycle of life... and the sense we live in cycles,’’ he said.

Father Joe explained re-enacting the stations began in Jerusalem, where he was fortunate to attend in 2012.

‘‘On Friday churches around the world will have their own versions,’’ he said.

Stations of the Cross director Les Billings said the story detailed the journey Jesus took until he was finally laid in his tomb.

‘‘This is a very profound part of the Easter story,’’ he said.

The ceremony begins at 8pm tonight at St Brendan’s Catholic Church, Knight St, Shepparton.

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