by Pamela Veigas, Smitha Suvarna and Gail Timmins
KUWAIT, APRIL 29, 2019: On Good Friday, the Liturgical Ministry Commission (LMC) along with the youth of St. Thèrese of the Child Jesus parish animated the Meditation on the Passion and love of Christ themed, ‘He Died for Me’, under the guidance of the Spiritual Director Father Francisco Pereira and Kenneth Remedios.
The youth enacted seven characters of the Passion story of Jesus presenting their experiences as they walked down the Via Dolorosa and portrayed those momentous events of Jesus’ Passion and Death.
The torment of Judas Iscariot, the hesitant decision of Pontius Pilate, the bewilderment of Barabbas, the wondering gratitude of the thief on the Cross, the change of heart of the Centurion, the love and shame of Simon Peter, and the indescribable sorrow and acceptance of God’s will by Jesus’ Mother Mary were portrayed.
In the second part, following Jesus’ exhortation, example and considering that Good Friday is the first day of the Divine Mercy Novena, those present were invited to offer the pain of their personal crosses for the good of others as the Divine Mercy Chaplet was sung and prayed for different intentions.
Finally, the attendees were encouraged to contemplate Christ on the Cross, by surrendering their own personal crosses at His feet. Earlier when people walked in for the Meditation, each one was presented with a small wooden cross with the words: ‘He Died for Me’ printed on one side and ‘I live for Him’ inscribed on the other side of the cross.
After a prayer of personal surrender, those present were invited to unburden themselves by coming forward and touching their small wooden crosses to the big cross displayed in the hall to draw healing and grace.
Many of those present were deeply touched. The youth were convincing in their enactment of the different characters, some were touched by Judas, others by Pilate, some by Mary, and so on.
“The script and presentation were very good and the content was spiritually nourishing. The Cross which was the focus of the meditation will surely help us to carry our own cross,” Father Blany Pinto, the parish priest said.
“The meditation was simply awesome," a parishioner said. “It was too good and enacted beautifully, ” a Lector added.