Mangaluru: Body of Jesus taken down from Cross – Thousands watch recreated scene at Cordel church

Daijiworld Media network, Mangaluru (SB)

Mangaluru, Apr 8: Thousands of devotees witnessed the recreation of scene where the body of Jesus is taken down from the Cross at Holy Cross Church, Cordel on Friday, April 7.

After a 50 year-long gap, the recreational custom was performed by the parishioners. After lowering the body from the Cross, it was laid in a cradle and a small procession was taken out. Fr Cliford Fernandes, parish priest, Fr Jovin Sequeira and Fr Ivan Corderio led the prayer.

“When I was in 8th standard, the recreation of the scene where the body of Jesus is being taken down from the Cross, was held in our Cordel parish. After that, it was stopped for various reasons. Now I am happy to see the custom again in my old age. It is very difficult to move the Cross which weighs around 80 kg and the cradle which is made of heavy wood. Nowadays, the custom is followed in many parishes and this year in our parish too,” says Roman, a senior citizen.

This year, Cordel parish marks the 150th year of laying foundation stone to the parish church by the founder, the holy priest, Fr Alexander Dubois, popularly known as Fradsaib.