Thursday, 19 June 2008

Cross & Icon come to Lombadina & Broome

Today the Cross & Icon spent the morning in the Lombadina/Djarindjin community, beginning with a ceremony on Djarindjin Hill overlooking the water and the community. Teachers and students from the primary school then processed with the Cross & Icon to the Grotto, where the Angelus was prayed. Within the Grotto there is a tree which has been carved out and holds a statue of Our Lady, which today was re-dedicated by Bishop Chris. Students from the primary school and members of the community processed the symbols along the stunning red dirt streets of the community and concluded with a mass held outside the Church. It was really lovely to see the joy of the community around the Cross & Icon today and to hear the fantastic singing of the students during mass.

Later in the day, the Cross & Icon were welcomed at the One Mile community just outside of Broome and processed into town. The procession passed many significant locations in town, including the Broome prison, before coming to rest outside the Cathedral. Here a liturgy was held in the fading light of the day before the Cross & Icon were placed in the Cathedral for a time of prayer and veneration. It was great to see the excitement of the people of Broome as they greeted the Cross & Icon after waiting so patiently all these months!

Bernadette :)

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