Matters India Reporter
Kolkata, April 7, 2019: A Church in South Bengal has installed an open air Stations of the Cross as run up to the upcoming Easter celebrations scheduled for Sunday 21 April 2019.
Bishop Salvadore Lobo of Baruipur blessed the Stations of The Cross installed at Sacred Heart Church, Thakurpukur, in the presence of large number of guests and dignitaries, Sunday 7 April 2019.
The Stations of the Cross is designed and curated by Church Art of Kolkata.
“The Stations of The Cross reminds us of Christ’s sacrifice for mankind and is bound to evoke piety and prayer among the devotees and visitors, and will add to the spiritual ambiance,” said Bishop Lobo.
“The five feet high and ten feet wide Stations of the Cross is a scaled down version of the Stations at the world famous Marian shrine of Lourdes in France,” said CEO of Church Art Kolkata, Mr Subrata Ganguly.
“As we prepare for Eastern celebrations this year the Stations of the Cross would remind us of the supreme sacrifice of Jesus Christ and also convey a message of mercy, compassion, repentance and remembrance to the visitors and humanity at large,” said Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Church, Thakurpukur, Fr. Himangshu Poti.
Last month, President of Federation of Asian Bishop’s Conference (FABC), Salesian Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon (Myanmar) visited the Sacred Heart Church Thakurpukur and appreciated the prayerful ambiance of the Church.
The Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of the Cross, is a depiction of 14 stages of the conviction of Jesus, his journey with the cross, the crucifixion, his death and burial and accompanying prayers. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is celebrated at Easter – the oldest of Christian festivals.
The Sacred Heart Church Thakurpurkur comes under the Baruipur diocese which is led by Bishop Lobo. Over the past 25 years the diocese has witnessed developments by way of the establishment of 11 new parishes, 8 new convents, 7 new schools and 5 different kinds of new institutions.