Calgary Herald

Calgarians line up to share in Christ’s final burden

Way of Cross event grows each year

- BRYCE FORBES BFORBES@CALGARYHER­ALD.COM

I know He is there for me, He’s always there through up and downs. PARTICIPAN­T

GRACE OBISPO, WHO IS BATTLING CANCER

Since January, Grace Obispo has had Stage 3 breast cancer and undergone three rounds of chemothera­py, with the fourth one scheduled a few days from now.

On Good Friday she was at the front of the line to lead hundreds of Calgarians in the 29th annual Way of the Cross.

“This is just like everybody has his up or downs,” Obispo said during her 20th Way of the Cross about her cancer diagnosis.

“It’s not really like a burden or something that you cannot cope with, Christ is always there.”

Joined by her husband, daughter and sister, the 56-year-old carried the approximat­ely 2.5-metre-tall wooden cross from the beginning to the second station.

At each station, the people listened to Scripture and prayed, reflecting on the process that led to the crucifixio­n of Jesus.

At the Cash Corner on Centre Street S., they prayed for the unemployed.

At the Streetwalk­er’s Corner, it was for the worldwide victims of the sex trade and human traffickin­g.

At St. Mary’s High School, it was for the child labourers and soldiers in the world.

The walk is meant to symbolize the hardships Jesus Christ went through in His last few days of life.

Hundreds of Calgarians lined the streets for the twoand-a-half-hour procession, which began and finished at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 18th Avenue and 2nd Street S.W.

“Doing this is just to commemorat­e what Christ has done for us, His death and resurrecti­on, how He redeems from our sins and giving good examples,” Obispo said.

“I know He is there for me, He’s always there through up and downs. . . . I don’t really give anything against Him with what I’m having right now.

“It’s just one of those things that I know I can cope with because He’s always there for us,” she said.

It’s a tough moment, Obispo’s daughter said, to hear about what her mother is going through.

“Being here today is important because it’s physical representa­tion of our faith and to know He is going to help us through this as a family and her personally,” Francesca Obispo said.

Nearing its three-decade anniversar­y, organizers say the event continues to grow in Calgary.

“Even I’m surprised how many people come out,” said Ed Obligacion, who help coordinate the Good Friday event.

“And it’s growing every year,” Obligacion said. “It makes you feel good that people are at least respecting this time of the year.”

 ?? Grant Black, Calgary Herald ?? Faithful carry a 2.5-metre-tall wooden cross through the streets of downtown Calgary, while hundreds follow. The 29th annual Way of the Cross is a Good Friday tradition that symbolizes Jesus’ hardships in his last few days.
Grant Black, Calgary Herald Faithful carry a 2.5-metre-tall wooden cross through the streets of downtown Calgary, while hundreds follow. The 29th annual Way of the Cross is a Good Friday tradition that symbolizes Jesus’ hardships in his last few days.

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