Melbourne’s ecumenical walk through the streets of the city on Good Friday was begun in 1998 by collaborating clergy of Melbourne’s inner city churches. Originally bringing together the congregations of the city’s denominations, the walk now attracts around 4,000 participants from wider Melbourne and beyond. All are welcome. The route is marked by a series of 14 bronze bas-relief sculptures by Melbourne artist Anna Meszaros.
From the Way of the Cross booklet:
One spring morning, Jesus carried his cross through the streets of Jerusalem, a city to which he had come in the past as both a festive pilgrim and a man of tears. Through the city and beyond it, to a hill outside its holy walls, he journeyed for the unholy deed of crucifixion, he died, and was buried. Three days later, in a green and growing place, the Living One left the place of death.
In the streets of our city we will gather, in the spirit of Jesus, to remember that painful journey on the day that we now call ‘Good’. We come to pray for our city, ourselves, and our world, remembering that no pain is wasted, no affliction unredeemed that is united with the suffering of Jesus, who said to his disciples: ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).
We invite you to join the journey.