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Apr. 03, 2018

Stations of the Cross, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, and Easter
Saint Matthew Catholic Church, Ceres-CA



Photos and Summary By: Saint Matthew Catholic Church Media Team

Our congregation commemorated Lenten season, Holy Week, and Easter with traditional Church celebrations and ceremonies. We walked the Stations of the Cross twice each Friday; first with our youth ministry SMYLE and second with the rest of the faithful members. On Palm Sunday, 03/25/18, our Priest, Father Joseph Kachappilly, blessed palm branches by the Grotto of our Lady and in a beautiful procession all went back to the Church to celebrate Holy Mass. Later on our annual spring bazaar took place.

On Holy Thursday, 03/29/18, Father Thuma Sheno washed feet of 12 members of our Youth Ministry, SMYLE, and celebrated Holy Mass. On Passion Friday, 03/30/18, Father Thuma Sheno joined us in prayers as we commemorated the death of our Lord.

As we reached Saturday of Light, 03/31/18, Father Joseph Kachappilly led the Easter Eve Holy Mass celebration. Before end of Mass the Gayyaza Drama took place; sub deacon Kiryakos played the role of the Angel, and Aram played the role of one of the two thieves crucified with our Lord who begged Christ to take him to Heaven. The faithful present at the Parish were taken by surprise by the amazing act of these two members of our Parish. Later the Holy Mass celebration continued through midnight.
We wish you all Happy and Blessed Easter. God Bless.

Following are few pictures. SEE FULL GALLERIES HERE