Carrying the cross

17 April 2014

THEY may not be as heavy to carry as the original Cross, but they will still have been burdensome if the Revd Martin Hartley, in Newton Flotman, and the Team Rector, the Revd Sally Gaze, have been able to stick to their plan of carrying these crosses with them wherever they have gone during this Holy Week.

The original idea was Mr Hartley's. He is a Curate in the Tas Valley Team Ministry, in Norwich diocese, and it was when he was asked to transport a sizeable wooden cross to be used in a subsequent service that he realised how awkward, uncomfortable, and inconvenient it was. This led him to wonder what it would be like to have to carry a cross around for a week.

"The thought stayed with me; so I decided to do this just for Holy Week. I then talked to the Rector, Sally Glaze, about this, and she said she would like to do it as well. I spoke to a member of St Mary's, Tasburgh, and asked if he could make two wooden crosses for us.

"When thinking about the cross, I felt it needed to be made out of soft wood so it might show some of the knocks and bumps it will no doubt incur during the week. I also felt it would be good if people were able to either write on it, or pin prayers to it, and these would be carried round during the week."

He hoped that the experience would enable him to "connect with the cross" during the week, and help him to grow as a disciple of Christ.

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