Young group from Lebanon prepares texts for Holy Friday’s Way of the Cross
March 26, 2013. (Romereports.com) Every year, the Pope leads a Way of the Cross ceremony at the Colosseum. This time around, a young group from Lebanon has prepared part of the texts that will be read.
The person in charge of overseeing this is Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai. It’s a responsibility that was passed on to him by Benedict XVI, back when he was Pope.
The focus of these texts will be one of hope, especially for those who are persecuted for practicing their faith.
The texts include liturgies used by Eastern Rites and it also touches on a document Benedict XVI signed during his visit to Lebanon. That document deals with the situation of Christians living in the Middle East.
The texts include a call to stop the abuse power. They also call for an end to attacks carried out by religious extremists. When it comes to Christians living in the Middle East, they are urged to overcome the challenges and stay in their native land. The defense of life is also a central part of the prayer, which includes constant references to the Fathers of the Church, both from the East and West.