PICO RIVERA – Natalie Nu ez, an eighth-grader at St. Marianna de Paredes School, stood before a darkened church Friday and wiped the face of Anthony Gonzalez, one of her classmates. Natalie, 14, was among thousands who observed Good Friday, one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar. The Friday before Easter, Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Eighth-graders at St. Marianna organized this week’s special Passion narrative, called the Way of the Cross, a series of 14 images depicting the events that led to Jesus’ crucifixion. “Veronica was a good Christian who was helping Jesus when he was down, when everyone else was laughing at him,” said Natalie, who portrayed the woman in the New Testament who wiped Jesus’ face before his crucifixion. Anthony played the part of Jesus. Good Friday is the day Christians “truly focus our total attention on Jesus,” said the Rev. David Gallardo, pastor at St. Marianna. “We are recognizing that it was not the end of the story. Rather, it was a transitional step to the resurrection of Jesus from the dead,” he added. Colleen Marks, spokeswoman for Whittier Area Community Church in Whittier, said the tone among Christians is generally somber on Good Friday. “We look at and really think of the ultimate sacrifice and the passion of Jesus on the cross for us,” Marks said. Christians commemorate Good Friday with special prayer services and sermons, as well as meditation and communion. Sometimes, there is also fasting and penance. Marks said Good Friday usually draws more people to church. “As we see in the life of Jesus, the cross wasn’t the end, so that encourages us and gives us the sense of hope that our challenges our sufferings are eventually transformed into blessings,” Gallardo said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
England paceman James Anderson has received an official reprimand and one demerit point for breaching the code of conduct during the ongoing Galle Test against Sri Lanka, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday.During the 39th over of the Sri Lanka innings, Anderson first complained when the umpire warned him for running on the wicket, and then threw the ball in resentment.His behaviour amounted to a violation of Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, the governing body said.Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test Day 3: Live Cricket Score”After the match, Anderson admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft,” it added after slapping Anderson with his second demerit point.Four demerit points within a two-year period incurs a one-Test ban.Meanwhile, England stretched their lead to 250 runs after Keaton Jennings’ unbeaten 60 helped them to 111 for three in their second innings at lunch on day three of the opening Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday.Ben Foakes debut century puts England in firm control vs Sri Lanka in Galle TestJennings and debutant Rory Burns put on 60 for the opening stand but England lost three wickets in quick succession to lose some of their early momentum.Jennings, who made 46 in the first innings, hit four boundaries in his patient knock. Ben Stokes was on 14 at the other end at the Galle International Stadium.England had resumed at 38 for no loss with the openers consolidating their position until Burns’ pursuit for a non-existent single culminated with his dismissal.advertisementBurns pushed Dilruwan Perera to midwicket and started off but could not beat Dimuth Karunaratne’s direct throw and he was dismissed for 23.Moeen Ali’s 4-66 helped England take a 139-run first innings lead but the all-rounder, for the second time in the match, could not justify his promotion to number three.He followed up his first innings golden duck with three, tamely hitting Perera straight to Rangana Herath at mid-on.England captain Joe Root also had a deja vu moment when Herath dismissed him for the second time in the match.Playing his final Test, left-arm spinner Herath drew the England captain out and bowled slightly wide to induce an edge that safely nestled into Niroshan Dickwella’s gloves.Root made three to leave his side at 74 for three.Jennings, looking reasonably comfortable against the Sri Lankan spinners steadied the innings and took a single off Akila Dananjaya to bring up his second fifty.(With Reuters inputs)