During Holy Week, the Orpheum Theatre in Gżira served as a church for the Catholic community from Kerala, India. On Good Friday evening a congregation of about 1,000 people gathered to commemorate the Adoration of the Cross.
Later, the streets of Gżira and Sliema witnessed scenes of a different nature on a Good Friday when about 1,000 person carrying candles and crosses walked in a procession organised by the Indian Kerala Parish which for the first time organised a street Via Crucis.
The community’s spiritual leader Fr Binoj Mulavarickal said that along the route they had representations of the 14 Stations of the Cross on a truck to help guide the devoted, as happens in Catholic parishes in India.
“Normally all parishes organise such a programme for Good Friday. We are all familiar with this on Good Friday, praying, singing the Via Crucis,” explained Fr Binoj.
He said when they reached the 13th Station, this was a particular one. “We all knelt down and we prayed for Malta. We are especially thankful for Malta, because there are a lot of Maltese families that are benefactors for Indian priests.”
Following the representations was also Fr Sanaj Thomas who carried the Crucifix. He said the people carried wooden crosses and the candle light provided rays of hope. “The cross is not the end, but we also carry candles, that is, the hope we are going to experience tomorrow on the Resurrection.”
This evening the Indian community is continuing with Resurrection celebrations with a theatrical representation at the Orpheum Theatre.