Led by Jesus through the streets

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Led by Jesus through the streets
Photo: Sarah Eliza Photography

The faithful and organisers of Sunday’s Eucharistic procession in Hobart in honour of Corpus Christi have shared a sense of being led by Jesus in the procession and of the importance of publicly witnessing to their faith.

Walk With Christ drew around 250 of the faithful who crowded into St Joseph’s Church in the heart of Hobart.

Led by the Blessed Sacrament, which was held aloft by Fr Shammi Perera, the faithful walked along Harrington Street to St Mary’s Cathedral, singing and praying.

A number of people in cafes or walking by stopped to watch the procession, some pulling out phones to capture the scene.

A number of priests from local parishes and religious congregations also joined in the procession, while young people dressed in traditional Polish costume carried the Processional Canopy and candles.

Event organiser Deacon Nick MacFarlane says that people who take part in the procession “get drawn into something that is much bigger than themselves”.

“I think for people of faith, it’s a good experience to share faith together by doing something like that in public, following the Lord,” he said.

“Some people that couldn’t do the walk were standing outside the Cathedral’s main door as we came past in Harrington Street, and they said it was ‘wonderful’ and it was a beautiful thing to see and to hear the singing and quite a lot of people walking together with the Lord.”

The importance of a public witness to faith is a sentiment shared by Gabrielle Blanch, 58, of New Town who attended Walk With Christ for the first time this year.

“There [were] people that had stopped and were looking. I was hoping that God would be touching them,” she said.

“Just to let people see, ‘Yes, God exists still’. … I’m worried that there’ll be a time when you’re not allowed to even wear a cross, or you’re not even allowed to say anything like, ‘Jesus’. This worries me.”

Gilgil George, 38, of Sandy Bay said that he wanted to demonstrate that he is part of the Church, particularly in the current climate of negativity.

“I just want to show that I’m a supporter of the Church and I really love the Church, and love the positive things that the Church teaches,” he said.

He described the Eucharistic procession as ‘inspirational’.

“It was really inspiring and I had the feeling … that Christ is walking along with me.”

The feeling that Christ was truly walking through the streets was echoed by 25-year-old New Town resident Agnes Parr.

“I came along because I really like to witness to my faith in a public way,” she said.

“I spend a lot of time doing my own prayer and things like that, but I really wanted to do something that shows all the people about our faith – and it’s amazing to walk with Jesus.

“On Palm Sunday Jesus would have been walking through the streets of Jerusalem and today he got to walk through the streets of Hobart, which is amazing. So following him like that is really beautiful.”

She said the most touching thing about the event was seeing Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament at the head of the crowd.

“Looking at the front of the procession and seeing Jesus there at the front, and everyone going for his sake, and him leading the way. It was just beautiful.”

It’s a sentiment shared by Deacon MacFarlane, who says he felt the Lord speak to him when he was praying in the lead up to the procession.

“I feel the Lord said to me [that] I need to stop thinking about us taking him to the streets of Hobart, because he was really taking us.

“He is the Lord of the Universe … the whole city belongs to him, and he was leading his people through the streets.”