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Holy Family Students Uphold Their Easter Traditions

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Students hold picture of Bob Swarbrick, a beloved teacher who began the tradition of placing flowers the students made to the cross on campus located near the church.
Students hold picture of Bob Swarbrick, a beloved teacher who began the tradition of placing flowers the students made to the cross on campus located near the church.
Students hold picture of Bob Swarbrick, a beloved teacher who began the tradition of placing flowers the students made to the cross on campus located near the church.

It is a time honored tradition at Holy Family School to reenact the Stations of the Cross on Holy Thursday to begin the Easter Triduum. As students processed to the church, they must pass by Jesus who has been condemned to death and is guarded by soldiers. As the seventh grade students acted out each of the fourteen stations, younger students could be seen seated spellbound for the story to unfold.

During the eleventh station, when Jesus is nailed to the cross, the church rings out with each nail that is hammered into Jesus’ hands and feet. With each hammered nail, a reminder of the ways we turn away from Jesus is reflected on by a student. Many parents attending the service also feel the significance of the scene unfolding before them. Some even shed a few tears. The entire service is a beautiful sight to behold.

After the service, flowers the students made from tissue paper, were fixed to the cross on campus located near the church. This tradition was begun several years ago by beloved teacher, Bob Swarbrick, lovingly named “Mr. Bob.” Also renowned as the school and parish’s local carpenter, Mr Bob, made the cross and inspired the students to make flowers every year and affix them to the cross as a surprise gift to parishioners as they arrived for Mass on Easter Sunday. On the last Holy Thursday before he passed, Mr. Bob, who was too ill to leave his automobile, watched the ceremony from the window of his car. This tradition at Holy Family will live on in honor of two men who inspire us every day, Jesus and Mr. Bob.