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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
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

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.

See pictures of the 2018 Way of the Cross here!

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Media Coverage

Dramatization of The Way of the Cross held inside St. Peters cathedral

Dramatization of The Way of the Cross held inside St. Peters cathedral

Way of the Cross re-enactment moves into church for Good Friday in Peterborough

Way of the Cross re-enactment moves into church for Good Friday in Peterborough

Peterborough Examiner

Friday, April 19th 2019

Peterborough youth diocese re-enacts annual Way of the Cross

Peterborough youth diocese re-enacts annual Way of the Cross

Way of the Cross re-enacted in Peterborough

Way of the Cross re-enacted in Peterborough

The Peterborough Examiner

Friday, March 30th 2018

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

Way of the Cross re-created

Way of the Cross re-created

The Peterborough Examiner

Friday, April 3rd 2015

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