Calgarians line up to share in Christ’s final burden
Way of Cross event grows each year
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.”