Crucifixion Of ‘Black Jesus’
Christians globally on Friday commemorated Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday and the faithful in Lagos were not left out as they re-enacted the crucifixion procession.
In a procession that took the faithful from Saint Denis Catholic Church, Ilaje-Bariga through major streets to the Saint Dominic Catholic Church in Yaba, Lagos, songs and prayers were offered at the 14 Stations of the Cross which signify the important points of Jesus’ journey to the cross.
One of the most significant events in the journey of Jesus Christ was his trial, crucifixion on the cross of Calvary and eventual resurrection which set the stage for his redemption of believers.
The man who played the role of Jesus Christ at some point fell and he was stripped of his clothes. In all, there were 14 major stations on his journey to the cross.
He was then crucified alongside two criminals at Calvary.
As spectators watched the procession, devotees wailed as Jesus was taunted, bruised and flogged.
The Pastor of Saint Dominic Catholic Church, Reverend Father Felix Onemeghie says Nigerians should learn from the humility and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
On this day, Christians commemorate the passion or suffering and death on the cross of Jesus Christ. This is an observance that involves people fasting and praying.
Many church services were held in the afternoon, usually between noon and 3pm to remember the hours when Jesus hung on the cross.