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Andrew Leung is a seminarian for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio. He has served as Director of Music at St. Pius X Church (Atlanta) and taught Gregorian chant at the Cistercian Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Georgia). For two years, he will be studying in Macau, China.
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"What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful."
— Pope Benedict XVI, Letter accompanying "Summorum Pontificum" (7/7/07)

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Funeral March for Jesus
published 25 March 2016 by Andrew Leung

HE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF MACAU has a Good Friday tradition: a funeral procession through the streets with a statue of the dead body of Christ. The procession of this year was led by the new bishop of Macau, Bishop Stephen Lee. Bishop Lee who led the march wearing the traditional black vestment was a priest of the Personal Prelature of Opus Dei. He was my first spiritual director and was installed on the Feast of Candlemas this year. Here are two short videos of the procession accompanied by the band of the Macau Police Force.



I am not sure about the origin of this tradition. Maybe some of our readers can help me out and share with us more about this Good Friday custom on our Facebook page. Since Macau was a colony of Portugal, my guess is that this might be a Portuguese or Spanish custom. The procession begins right after the three o’clock Good Friday Service and it obviously symbolizes the burial of Christ. Anyway, I thought this procession is a very good devotion and a great way to evangelize.