Easter worshippers take to the streets

The Oxford Times: Thelma Martin carries the cross Thelma Martin carries the cross

WORSHIPPERS took to the streets yesterday despite having to cancel their Easter performance of the Passion play.

A Stations of the Cross ceremony was held on Cowley Road, starting at the Methodist Church, and finishing at SS Mary and John Church.

The ceremony included prayers and readings – marking 14 key moments in Jesus Christ’s final hours – but not the Passon play, a re-enactment of the story of his crucifixion.

The Passion play, which was first held in Cowley Road in 2012, was cancelled because a licensing officer at Oxford City Council did not realise it was a religious event and did not need a licence. Licensing team leader Julian Alison apologised for the mistake. Usually the Passion play is held every two years because it is organised by Rev Adam Romanis, of SS Mary and John Church in Cowley Road, and St Stephen’s House theological college, which is only in residence during Holy Week on alternate years.

But Mr Romanis has said he would look at holding the event next year.

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2:00am Sun 20 Apr 14

Myron Blatz says...

Poor old Christians, they always seem to cross the local authorities - from Romans to their modern day equivillent at Oxford City Council. It probably wouldn't be so bad, if it wasn't for the fact that the UK is home to the Chirch of England, so you'd expect City Council to be more tolerant - especially since HRH the Queen is also CEO of the C-of-E.
Poor old Christians, they always seem to cross the local authorities - from Romans to their modern day equivillent at Oxford City Council. It probably wouldn't be so bad, if it wasn't for the fact that the UK is home to the Chirch of England, so you'd expect City Council to be more tolerant - especially since HRH the Queen is also CEO of the C-of-E. Myron Blatz
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5:45pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Brenda Jackson says...

Note to other faiths- the dignified way in which the Christians dealt with the incompetence of the Council, without dramatics or protests, instead altered their plans to allow for the imposed situation.
God bless.
Note to other faiths- the dignified way in which the Christians dealt with the incompetence of the Council, without dramatics or protests, instead altered their plans to allow for the imposed situation. God bless. Brenda Jackson
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6:43pm Sun 20 Apr 14

tinsel84 says...

Brenda Jackson wrote:
Note to other faiths- the dignified way in which the Christians dealt with the incompetence of the Council, without dramatics or protests, instead altered their plans to allow for the imposed situation.
God bless.
Yes, what wonderful citizens; allowing the authorities to walk all over them and not "making a fuss". People should never protest or question authority, least of all if they have a minority faith. Thank god for authority.
[quote][p][bold]Brenda Jackson[/bold] wrote: Note to other faiths- the dignified way in which the Christians dealt with the incompetence of the Council, without dramatics or protests, instead altered their plans to allow for the imposed situation. God bless.[/p][/quote]Yes, what wonderful citizens; allowing the authorities to walk all over them and not "making a fuss". People should never protest or question authority, least of all if they have a minority faith. Thank god for authority. tinsel84
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