“So they took charge of Jesus. He went out, carrying his cross, and came to ‘The Place of the Skull,’ as it is called. (In Hebrew, it is called ‘Golgotha’).
There, they crucified him; and they also crucified two other men, one on each side, with Jesus between them” (John: 19 17-19). The death of our Lord Jesus occurred over 2000 years ago, and it is still remembered and commemorated today.
As it is the tradition to celebrate this great event, St. Peter Chaldean Cathedral in El Cajon, California, along with many other churches throughout the world, dedicated the day to pray and reflect.
With a crowded church filled to capacity, an assembly of deacons, seminarians, priests, and Bishop opened the prayer service with readings from the Prophets. His Excellency, Mar Emanuel Shaleta, followed with a homily commemorating the crucifixion.
Following the homily of Mar Emanuel, the tomb and crucifix of Jesus were carried upon the shoulders of several deacons throughout the church. Prayers and hymns reflecting the agony of Jesus on the cross accompanied this spectacle. Various church groups recited prayers and Hymens, including the church choirs, which filled the church with captivating music and hymns. Until midnight, parishioners continuously streamed into the church, filling the pews to capacity.
Good Friday at St. Peter Chaldean Cathedral displayed the faith of the Chaldean community and its steadfast attachment to its traditions.