February 29, 2024 – On the occasion of Good Friday, Communion and Liberation (CL Canada) organizes the Way of the Cross procession led by Mgr Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montréal through the streets of Old Montreal on Friday, March 29, 2024.

An expected few hundred participants will start the procession at 9:30 a.m. at the historical Chapel of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours to continue to the Notre-Dame Basilica, followed by Saint Patrick Basilica and Church of the Gesù, then passing through Place Ville Marie to arrive around noon at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.

This commemoration of the Passion of our Lord on Good Friday is a public event open to all. Prayers and readings will be read upon arrival at each of the six stations and the CL choir will perform Lenten hymns in Latin, French, English, Ukrainian, and Polish. Reverent silence will be observed during the procession from one religious site to the next.

THE EVENT POSTER: 100th anniversary of the Mount Royal Cross
This year marks a significant moment for the city of Montreal as we celebrate the centenary of the iconic Mount Royal Cross. Illuminating the night sky over the greater Montreal area, this cross has become a well-known landmark for Montrealers.

The history of the cross dates back to the founding of Ville-Marie in the 17th century, during the era of New France. In 1642, Jeanne Mance, Paul de Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve, and other visionaries founded a community based on faith, peace and solidarity. As early as the first winter, when they had narrowly avoided a natural disaster, the inhabitants planted a cross on Mount Royal as a sign of gratitude on 6 January 1643. The current cross, which proudly dominates Montreal, was erected in 1924 and lit up the sky for the first time on Christmas Eve of the same year.

Communion and Liberation is an international movement, within the Catholic Church, composed of a wide range of people who are convinced that the Christian event lived in communion is the true basis for the human person’s freedom. Communion and Liberation is present in Canada from coast to coast with communities in Saint John, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, and Vancouver. More details about Communion and Liberation can be found here:

For more information, you may contact Cristina Ardelean, Executive Director of the En Route Foundation, the organiser of the event. The En Route Foundation is a nonprofit corporation which sustains the missionary and educational work of Communion and Liberation in Canada.

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