Hundreds make silent journey throughout Brooklyn Bridge for annual ‘Approach of the Cross’ custom

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Hundreds make silent journey throughout Brooklyn Bridge for annual ‘Approach of the Cross’ custom


A stream of Catholics trickled over the Brooklyn Bridge in this yr’s “Approach of the Cross” procession on Good Friday — led by a convert who’s watched the beautiful annual show of devotion develop from 40 individuals to 1000’s.

Jonathan Fields hoisted the 5-pound wood cross, guiding as many as 1,400 individuals for the two-mile journey that began at St. James Cathedral-Basilica in Downtown Brooklyn and ended at Zuccotti Park within the Monetary District.

“Crossing the [East] river jogged my memory of Moses crossing the Crimson Sea, I consider that typically after we start to cross over and I see the water. It’s very symbolic I believe,” Fields, 67, who transformed from Judaism on the age of 24, instructed The Publish.

Hosted by the Catholic motion Communion and Liberation, Friday marked the twenty ninth silent journey which is supposed to have fun Jesus’ demise and resurrection.

Fields, a church music composer, has been a part of the trek yearly since its inception in 1996, besides in 2020 when it was nixed due to the pandemic.

The climate was good for the a whole bunch of worshipers who set out from St. James Cathedral-Basilica on a two-mile journey round 10:30 a.m. Friday in Downtown Brooklyn. AP

“I began going to the health club to arrange for this,” the Brooklyn native mentioned with fun. “So it was somewhat bit simpler, however the wind was arduous.”

Fields remembers when the gang was as small as 40 individuals and has watched it develop as much as 1000’s over the many years, particularly after 9/11, the place a firefighter carried the cross from Metropolis Corridor to Floor Zero.

“The cross that we use was made by a buddy of ours in CL. He simply discovered two items of wooden and put them collectively, put stain on them,” Fields mentioned. “And that’s been the cross used for the final 29 years.

Jonathan Fields, 67, carries a crucifix through the “Approach of the Cross” procession over the Brooklyn Bridge. Stefan Jeremiah for NY Publish

“I believe he went to a lumber yard and put it collectively and it seems to be very stunning. It’s the appropriate measurement to hold that far,” he continued. “It was once one one that carried it, now it’s multiple particular person. We hand it like a relay now.”

The cross was additionally carried Friday by Luca Lupi, Giancarlo Diaz and Stephen Adubato.

Fields additionally recalled the way it was a tough cross to bear changing from Judaism two and half many years in the past.

“At first it was robust, the primary couple of years really was very robust and I had very unhealthy despair. I used to be very alone within the conversion,” he instructed The Publish. “Truly, after I met this motion it was the primary time I discovered younger buddies who have been very alive with the religion and it principally saved my life.”

The “Approach of the Cross” procession, which was hosted by the Catholic motion Communion and Liberation (CL), made its twenty ninth silent journey from the church, throughout the Brooklyn Bridge, to Metropolis Corridor Park, to its ultimate vacation spot of Zuccotti Park within the Monetary District. James Messerschmidt

His dad and mom finally accepted his conversion and he met his spouse by CL.

“They noticed how the church had helped me and so they grew to become followers of the church even when they didn’t convert,” he mentioned. “They noticed what a optimistic impact it had on my life and have become shut buddies with all my Catholic buddies.”

Fields enjoys the occasion a lot he’s even taken his three youngsters, who didn’t attend this yr as they’re “out of the home.”

The complete stroll is finished in full silence, CL spokesperson Louis Giovino mentioned. William Farrington

The complete stroll is finished in full silence, CL spokesperson Louis Giovino mentioned. And very similar to Fields’ conversion to Catholicism, “lots of people” have a “actually arduous” time remaining silent all through the two-mile journey.

“However that’s some of the hanging issues about it’s the silence,” Giovino mentioned. “It’s solemn with all of the noise. And that’s one of many causes to do it in the midst of the day on a Friday afternoon.”

Jonathan Fields carries a crucifix over the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday. Stefan Jeremiah for NY Publish
The procession was led by Bishop Robert Brennan and every year the occasion is “sustained” by a blessing from the popes and native pastors. James Messerschmidt

The procession was led by Bishop Robert Brennan and every year the occasion is “sustained” by a blessing from the popes and native pastors.

A gaggle of individuals taking part within the Approach of the Cross procession over the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday. Stefan Jeremiah for NY Publish
The group has reached as much as 1000’s of individuals since its inception in 1996. AP


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