Last year I had the pleasant experience of being in eastern Sri Lanka on Good Friday. I was traveling with a friend who is a devout Christian and Roman Catholic. As such we visited several of the Christian churches on the east coast of the country.
Christianity is one of the smaller religions in Sri Lanka, the most common being Buddhism. But there is a strong Christian community especially in the eastern part of the country. On Good Friday (the day of Jesus’ crucifixion and death) we visited St. Mary’s Cathedral in Trincomalee. The church was very crowded and busy, with a large line of people waiting to get to the front of the church. Their goal was to see a mannequin representing Jesus in a coffin and, as a sign of their faith and supplication, everyone crawled under the coffin before leaving. On Easter, the coffin would be empty.
It was a display of great faith and I left feeling privileged to have been part of this celebration of faith.
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