Saturday, 29 March 2008

Memorable riverbank Mass at Kangaroo Valley

This morning Berrima hosted the Cross & Icon at Penrose Park, a Shrine run by the Hermits of St Paul.
We started by processing down Hanging Rock road and into Penrose park, where we recited the Stations of the Resurrection around the grounds, before reaching the Church to celebrate Mass with Bishop Peter.

Following lunch we processed the Cross up to the beautiful Grotto for further prayer. On the way we walked through “Mercy Gate” - a large red & white cloth that signified the blood & water which poured out of Jesus on the Cross. I was really touched as we prayed for God’s Mercy in this powerfully symbolic and unique way.

Next stop of the day was picturesque Fitzroy Falls. Here we gathered under the cover of huge trees for a liturgy where we broke bread together to remind us of the presence of Jesus in our lives. The youth then walked the Cross to the lookout and Father Chris lead us in prayer; praying particularly for those who over the years have taken their lives at this place. We finished off the event back under the trees with Veneration of the Cross & Icon.

Final stop of the day was Kangaroo Valley where the community walked the Cross & Icon through the main street and towards the riverbank which provided a stunning backdrop for evening Mass. Many locals were moved as they celebrated the Eucharist in such a beattiful setting. The youth then continued the pilgrimage up to Glenmack Park Campground, braving the very cool conditions for an all night Vigil.

Dan : )

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