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Good Friday Procession

The annual Good Friday Procession is a Toronto tradition which has been held every Good Friday for the last 70 years. After three dormant years due to COVID-19 the Procession, which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, has returned to take over the streets of Toronto’s Little Italy on Good Friday.

The Good Friday Procession starts on Good Friday at 3 PM at St. Francis of Assisi Church (Mansfield Ave & Grace St), and goes through the Little Italy neighbourhood, before circling back to the church. The Procession includes religious statues, bands and people representing different characters associated with the Passion of Christ.

The Good Friday Procession follows this route:

Assembling The Procession

I’ve attended the Good Friday Procession once, in 2018, to photograph the spectacle. The most interesting shots are the ones in which the participants assemble at St. Francis of Assisi Church prior to the actual procession through Little Italy:

The Good Friday Procession Across College Street

The procession is a mile-long march re-enacting the fourteen Stations of the Cross (Jesus on his way to his crucifixion):

3 Comments

  1. David

    Used to hate Easter Mass, It was soooooo long and boring. But every year all the good Catholics had to go and suffer through it. This procession however, looks to be a little more exciting. although quite sombre.

  2. Despina

    This all looks very dramatic. I have been meaning to get there one year but I have never made it.
    I had to chuckle at your description ‘ the spectacle.’

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