On Monday the 18 March Year 11 and 12 Studies of Religion students visited St Mary’s Cathedral and The Great Synagogue of Sydney. The purpose of the visit was to learn more about Catholicism and Judaism as part of our in-depth study of religion in Australia.
The students observed the smells and bells of the St Patrick’s Feast Day Mass at the Cathedral in the heart of the city. This was followed by a short visit to the Crypt in which prominent Catholic leaders such as former Archbishops are interred.
After a delicious lunch we toured the Great Synagogue of Sydney. A remarkable building rich with history and tradition. The synagogue’s ceiling is decorated with over 1000 stars, each placed by the delicate hands of Jewish women!
It certainly is significant to visit these houses of worship during a time of unrest in our world. Our visit provided an opportunity to demonstrate our Christian distinctives amidst so much disruption and chaos. This is imperative if there is to be any hope for humanity. It is good and fitting to stand in solidarity with our fellow man so we may be to them a shining light for the gospel of Jesus Christ.