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Celebrate the last moments of the life of Christ through Downtown Peterborough
Celebrate the last moments
of the life of Christ
through Downtown Peterborough
Be part of something so big it’s biblical
Be part of something so BIG
it’s BIBLICAL
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Come relive Christs’ last moments as he embarks on the journey towards His victory over death for each one of us
Come relive Christs’ last moments
as he embarks on the journey
towards His victory over death
for each one of us
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Way of the Cross Program

About

The Way of the Cross, initiated by the youth of the Diocese of Peterborough in 2005, is a celebration of Christ’s Passion through a re-enactment of the 14 traditional stations of the cross in the streets of Peterborough on Good Friday. Although the youth are the actors and original inspiration for this annual event, it remains always an opportunity for all people of all ages, backgrounds and faith traditions to worship Our Lord, to reflect on his great sacrifice for us and to witness to our faith.

Most of the youth involved in the event begin preparing and rehearsing as early as January. Roles include soldiers, high priests, women of Jerusalem, Mary Magdalene, St. John, St. Veronica, etc. as well as Jesus. The youths involved in The Way of the Cross, who come from different churches, faiths and schools in and around Peterborough, remain an example of generosity for all as they sacrifice their time and energy to serve in this great re-enactment.

A great amount of time and energy is put into ensuring that every detail is finely tuned. Different costumes for each actor are made which allow the re-enactment to take place in both warm and cold weather. Every year, the Way of the Cross begins with a short ecumenical prayer service within St. Peter-in-Chains Cathedral before moving outside where the first few stations begin. The re-enactment moves through the streets of Peterborough in a procession ending at Immaculate Conception church. Participants are invited to move along with the procession or to simply spectate from the street-side.

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Schedule

9:00 AM – Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains is opened for the public

10:00 AM – The ecumenical prayer service commences in the Cathedral

10:30 AM – After all move outside, the procession begins in front of the Cathedral before moving East on Hunter Street through the city of Peterborough.

12:00-12:45 PM – The procession is completed at Immaculate Conception Parish, followed by a concluding prayer service and remarks.

Testimonies

The Way of the Cross is Evangelization at its finest. The fact young people put their Catholic faith in public is profound. The fact they are able draw hundreds of people who likely would never go to church let alone on Good Friday is evangelizing our community and spreading the Gospel.

Roddy Turpin – Volunteer

Roddy Turpin – Volunteer

For ten years now, the youth of our diocese have proclaimed the meaning [of the Lord’s Passion] and, despite cultural challenges to their message, they announced to the city and our community their faith in a love that has no limits; and they will not be silenced!

Bishop Nicola de Angelis CFIC – Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Peterborough

Bishop Nicola de Angelis CFIC – Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Peterborough

Each year is different…But, despite the minor differences found from year to year, a deep and spiritual connection is always present. Both the actors and spectators witness the brutality of the Roman soldiers, the grief of Our Lady and, above all, the agony and sorrow of Our Lord…

Jane Connell – Portrayed Mary in 2013

Jane Connell – Portrayed Mary in 2013
[This] has certainly given me a better understanding of what Jesus went through. It gives me a better understanding of the strength he would have to have and His faith in God.

Liam McNeil – Portrayed Jesus in 2013

Liam McNeil – Portrayed Jesus in 2013

Media Coverage

Way of the Cross re-enacted for Good Friday in downtown Peterborough by Catholic youths

Way of the Cross re-enacted for Good Friday in downtown Peterborough by Catholic youths

The Peterborough Examiner

Friday, April 14th 2017

At the Foot of the Cross

At the Foot of the Cross

Salt and Light Media

Friday, March 25th 2016

Chilly day for Way of the Cross

Chilly day for Way of the Cross

The Peterborough Examiner

Friday, March 25th 2016

Watch for the Way of the Cross procession in downtown Peterborough on Good Friday

Watch for the Way of the Cross procession in downtown Peterborough on Good Friday

Kawartha This Week

Friday, March 23rd 2016

Way of the Cross re-created

Way of the Cross re-created

The Peterborough Examiner

Friday, April 3rd 2015

With Jesus on his journey

With Jesus on his journey

The Peterborough Examiner

Friday, April 18th 2014

Hundreds watch students re-enact Jesus Christ’s tortured walk

Hundreds watch students re-enact Jesus Christ’s tortured walk

The Peterborough Examiner

Friday, March 29th 2013

Way of the Cross 2012

Way of the Cross 2012

The Peterborough Examiner

Friday, April 6th 2012

Get Involved

!!! We need your help !!!

For 13 years now, the celebration of the Way of the Cross through downtown Peterborough has touched the hearts of many. Hundreds of people from the City of Peterborough and much farther come out to participate annually and have made this celebration part of their own Good Friday and Easter practice. Few are left untouched.

However, this celebration is only a success because of the time and talents generously offered up by a great many men and women. About one hundred individuals are involved each year. Some lead the celebration by re-enacting the various stations of the Cross. Others may assist more invisible as they modify and repair costumes, work with sound equipment, provide some refreshments for the actors or even work as marshals who guide and assist the crowds.

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Ways you can help

Help out behind the scenes

  • Costume or Prop Assistance – we need talented individuals to help modify or repair costumes or props to ensure that our actors look great.
  • Trucks – we need help from people with trucks to help move equipment, setup and take down, carry sound equipment and lead the celebration.
  • Makeup – we need those experienced with makeup to help make fake ‘wounds’ on Jesus.
  • Marshals – we need help on Good Friday with guiding and assisting the crowds who will be participating.
  • Food Preparation – our actors need to eat.
  • Sound Technician – we need someone who is able to use sound equipment to help ensure that all who come can hear what’s happening.

Help out as a re-enactor

Pilot, Jesus, Veronica, Mary, the Roman soldiers, the women of Jerusalem. We need help fulfilling these roles. There are roles for anyone of any comfort or skill level. Only two of the roles have speaking parts and the majority of the roles are as a member of part of a group. There is no need for any previous experience or specialized talent. Anyone of any faith who is grade eight or higher is welcome to serve as a re-enactor.

Get your community service hours!

A great many community service hours are available in these roles. In fact, almost all of the community service hours needed to graduate from an Ontario Secondary School are available for those who serve as an re-enactor in this celebration.

Rehearsal Expectations

Re-enactors are expected to attend the rehearsals that take place on Friday’s after school from 3:30pm till 6pm beginning on February 16th and ending on Good Friday, March 30th. Soldiers will have an additional rehearsal or two on a Saturday morning.

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Advertising

A program is produced for the Way of the Cross to allow participants to participate in the celebration and to become more familiar with the event. In addition to content related to the celebration of The Way of the Cross, the program also features space for advertisers to feature their message or business.

Advertising in the program published for the Way of the Cross is a great way to generate awareness of your message or business and to support this wonderful event. Advertising space in the program is affordable and easy to submit. Business cards are the perfect fit for the program and the perfect opportunity to support this event and grow your business.

Available advertising spaces include:

Micro Space – $30

49mm x 64mm

Ideal size to share a simple message or Easter Greeting.

No pictures can be included in this size.

Enhanced Business Card – $50

110mm x 64mm

This size is perfectly designed to have your business card dropped in an enlarged to fit space.

A simple an effective way for your business to show support.

Full Page – $150

166mm x 222mm

A full page in the program is a great way for a parish or business to show their support for the youth and this activity.

Advertising Deadline: Monday, March 5th, 2018

Advertisements can be emailed to ads@wotc.ca or mailed to:

Way of the Cross
1066 Western Ave.
Peterborough, ON  K9J 5W6

Please Note:

  • Advertisement content must be inline with the underlying values of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough.
  • Advertisements will be run in greyscale.
  • Payment must be received with a digital copy of the advertisement you wish to run.
  • Cheques must be made payable to: RCEC Diocese of Peterborough.

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