CLERGY PARTICIPATE IN STATIONS OF CROSS IN CIRCUS
One of Most Moving Moments of Jubilee for Priests
VATICAN CITY, (ZENIT.org).- Events of the Jubilee for Priests continued Tuesday with an
evocative Stations of the Cross held in the Circus Maximus. More than 2,000 priests from around
the world have already arrived in Rome for the events, which will climax with Mass with the Holy
Father Thursday morning.
The celebrations in the Eternal City continued today with the theme, "From the Fullness of the
Interior Life to the Fruitfulness of the Mission."
Morning Prayer was celebrated this morning in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, with
Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe, secretary of the Great Jubilee Central Committee, presiding. He
exhorted the priests not to be discouraged in face of difficulties. "How many priests have given
witness, at times with their life, of pastoral charity, the radicalism of the Gospel accepted as the
priestly foundation and identity!"
A concelebrated Mass was then offered, with Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos as principal
celebrant. During the homily, he invited priests to discover again "the truth about our interior life,
which, marked by the indelible character of consecration and filled with the sacramental grace of
Ordination, is for us an inexhaustible source of fruitfulness in carrying out the mission we have
"It would be foolish, as well as presumptuous, to want to arbitrarily dispense with the instruments
of salvation and grace that the Lord himself has placed in us, making us administrators of his divine
mysteries," explained Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos. "Just as it would be presumptuous, to pretend to
offer humanity, which is thirsty for God, our personalisms and partial visions."
"This demands a life of prayer, contemplation and sacrifice, in order to be clothed in Christ's own
feelings, and adjust our will to his. The fruitfulness of the ministry springs from the wealth of the
interior life!" the Colombian Cardinal concluded.
After the Mass, the priests from around the world offered striking testimonies of life. The priests
who have come to Rome to participate in the Jubilee spent this afternoon visiting places of decisive
historical and artistic importance in the Eternal City.
An eloquent surprise was reserved for them this evening: the Stations of the Cross were relived in
the Circus Maximus, which witnessed the martyrdom of the first Christians. For this reason, a relic
of Christ's cross, normally kept in the Basilica of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem, was brought to the
event. The person chosen to preside over this ceremony was also significant: Cardinal Chryzostom
Korec, a Slovak Bishop who suffered from communist persecution in his own flesh.