text and photos by Antonio Bini
As has taken place for a number of years, the pastoral region of Scafa, on one of the last Fridays of Lent, celebrated on March 31, with the participation of Archbishop Bruno Forte, the Lenten outdoor Way of the Cross according to the ancient tradition of the Roman church.
At 4pm the sizeable procession from various parishes comprising: Scafa, Manoppello, Serramonacesca, Lettomanoppello, Turrivalignani, Tocco da Casauria, Roccamorice, Caramanico Bolognano met at the foot of the ascent to the Sanctuary, called "Fonte Leone", moving towards the Shrine, with stops at the individual stations.
With devotion, the religious and lay faithful prayed and sang, arriving at the Holy Face Basilica where Mass was celebrated, presided over by Archbishop Forte, assisted by several priests. Some priests were available for confession.
After the Mass the Archbishop, in reiterating his personal connection to the Sanctuary, recalled the tradition of the Way of the Cross which he began several years ago, wishing everyone a good journey together towards Easter.