STEVE PARTISANO, a parishioner at Christ Sun of Justice Parish in Troy, has turned the parish Christmas Tree into a cross for Lent and Easter. (Photos provided)
STEVE PARTISANO, a parishioner at Christ Sun of Justice Parish in Troy, has turned the parish Christmas Tree into a cross for Lent and Easter. (Photos provided)
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Christ Sun of Justice Parish in Troy has taken on a special task as part of Lent. Steve Partisano, parishioner, has turned the parish’s old Christmas tree that was on display for Advent into a wooden cross for the celebration of Lent and Easter.

Partisano got the idea from “The Little Blue Book,” a book of reflections and readings for the Advent season, which mentioned how a cathedral in the Diocese of Saginaw (Mich.) transformed its Christmas tree into a cross for Lent. Partisano thought he could do the same for his parish.

Partisano first chopped off the branches of the tree and hand-sawed pieces of the tree off. Each week, Partisano organized the limbs into a display on the parish’s altar to show the transformation of the tree into the cross.  The cross will be used as the centerpiece for the church’s Good Friday Liturgy.