CROSSING THE NORTH EAST Crucifixion on a cross was a real, and barbaric, historical method of execution. So why has the Christian church so readily embraced it as its main symbol? And why carry it around the North East of Scotland in the cold and rain?
hristians believe the cross is where God does ALL the work. It is a symbol of God’s power; of the work he did to save mankind. It is both the focus of pride and a symbol of salvation. In Christianity the cross reminds Christians of God’s act of love in Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary - ”the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” The cross also reminds Christians of Jesus’ victory over sin and death, since it is believed that through His death and resurrection He conquered death itself. Christians venerate it not as a material object seen in isolation but as the symbol of the sacrifice by which Christ saved them, as the instrument of Christ’s triumph. Processing a cross to mark a significant event in the Christian calendar has been a fixture in many parts of the world for centuries, some dating back to the first and second centuries AD. For many years Aberdeen itself witnessed Easter cross processions across the city, a tradition that still happens in parts of the North East. In reflecting on this it became important to us that the cross, being such an important part of the production, was not simply a prop but, like those processional crosses, was something rooted in its area, something that could connect with the land and its people. To achieve this we took the actual cross used in the production on a tour of the cities, towns, villages and landmarks of the North East. At each stop, where the cross rested, we took a small part of the ground on which it stood to include in the set to connect the cross and the Aberdeen Passion with the North East and its people.
Published on Apr 30, 2013