Thirty people today walked through the Parliamentary Triangle in Canberra, Australia, to mark the events leading up to Jesus’ death with prayer. Read on to get a sense of our prayers and meditation.
Beginning at the National Art Gallery, Susanna Pain led a reflection on remembrance, solidarity and walking together. Sue Dunbar led a reflection on the connections between the betrayal of Jesus with a kiss and the Toulouse Lautrec exhibition.
At the National Portrait Gallery Duncan Macleod invited participants to pose for photographic portraits holding their prayers and statements of solidarity, connecting with the difficulty Peter had to publicly own up to his association. See the 22 portraits here.
At the High Court of Australia Liz Anne Smith invited us to stand in silence in solidarity with those who are unjustly accused or condemned by those who have the loudest voice, or go with the crowd.
In Reconciliation Place Nikolai Blaskow drew on the solidarity found in Simon of Cyrene carrying the cross for Jesus. He called us to reflect on the suffering of our indigenous brothers and sisters whose lives had been shaped by the founding of the nation of Australia.
At the National Library Mandy Cox led a reflection on the women who mourned as Jesus was on the cross. We remembered those affected by the forced removal of Aboriginal children between 1909 and 1969, and the forced adoption of children born to single mothers, from the second world war to the 1970s.
In the Avenue of Trees Mark Beresford centred prayer on the forgiving words of Jesus on the cross, sown as seeds that would grow into a canopy of true shelter and freedom.
At Old Parliament House Duncan Macleod centred prayer on significant decisions made by Australia’s federal parliament over the last 100 years. In the Members Garden Helen Middelmann connected the death of Jesus with our call to commit ourselves and our loved ones who have died into the hands of a loving God.
At New Parliament House Nikolai Blaskow focused our prayers on imagination, listening and respect in places of government.