Three men playing security officers taunt another man playing Jesus Christ, centre, during a modern interpretation of the crucifixion of Christ played out on Good Friday by members of Wesley Mission in Sydney.
Three men playing security officers taunt another man playing Jesus Christ, centre, during a modern interpretation of the crucifixion of Christ played out on Good Friday by members of Wesley Mission in Sydney.

It was standing room only during the Good Friday morning service at St Joseph's Church yesterday, symbolic of a powerful response to the rise of atheism and secularism in Australia.

About 600 people filled the pews of the Subiaco church for the Stations of the Cross service, a devotion depicting the key scenes of Christ's last days.

Parish priest Joseph Walsh said that while church attendance in the Western world was declining, St Joseph's was bucking the trend.

In Sydney today, the crucifixion of Christ was given a modern makeover this Easter when Wesley Mission carried out its annual Good Friday procession.

Through the Way of the Cross Good Friday procession, Jesus, played by 28-year-old Paul Cattanach, carried the cross through Sydney's CBD.

Roman soldiers were transformed into modern day strong men, who laughed and jeered at a moaning Jesus.

Reverend Keith Garner, superintendent of Wesley Mission, said the procession, now in its 52nd year, was particularly important this Easter, following the natural disasters in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

"When the world is questioning why these disasters happen, it is the very time when we want to be doing this," Reverend Garner said.

Up to 200 people joined the procession from Martin Place to Pitt Street.

For Joanna Killick from Sutherland Shire in Sydney's south, it was her first time in 10 years.

"It's a very powerful, symbolic representation of what Christianity and Good Friday stands for," Ms Killick said.

The procession travelled to the Wesley Theatre were a special Good Friday service was held.

The West Australian

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