Indonesia + Japan - Good Friday
Photos from our first full day in Larantuka, Indonesia, including the walk to the local coastal shrine for their Good Friday morning liturgy involving the Stations of the Cross, a procession with a 500 yr. old statue of Our Lady of Sorrows, followed by a sea procession involving a flotilla of heavily laden boats of all shapes and sizes, the boat containing the statue leading the way. Catholic pilgrims come from all over the different Indonesian islands (and beyond) to take part in this and other subsequent Easter Triduum celebrations.
Our guides were two young Indonesian Brothers whom the Brothers in Liverpool know well thanks to their stay for a few months in England about 5 years ago to improve their English: Bros. Andreas and Frengky.
Bro. Blass who has recently finished his Scholsaticate (further studies after our initial year of training to be a Brother = the Noviciate).
The stage in the Pusat community centre.
Our primary school which was opened 2 years ago.
The community house chapel.
On our way to the special midday Good Friday liturgy.
Five of our young "aspirants" who are living in a house attached to our community in Larantuka as a way of testing out a possible vocation to the Brotherhood.
The Good Friday procession.
The flotilla of ships ready to follow the one carrying the statue.
Bros. Blass, Andreas and Frengky.
Harry + Rolo.