Solemn Good Friday observance in streets of Bridgeton


The congregants spend Good Friday focusing on righting themselves before the focus of services pivot over the weekend to Jesus and his resurrection for the duration of the Easter holiday weekend, Father Swierz said.

The stations depict fourteen different scenes from Jesus' walk to Calvary and then his crucifixion.

Protestant Christians, Krahn noted, typically display a cross without a body on it, whereas a crucifix, common among Roman Catholics, shows an image of the crucified Christ.

Roman soldiers take Jesus Christ into custody after his betrayal by Judas during a Stations of the Cross re-enactment by St. Joseph Catholic Church in La Porte.

"Every year Jesus has a beard but not the long hair". They're saying they want to become baptized, and baptized into the Catholic Church.

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"The darkness we walk through on Thursday and Good Friday, walking through with Christ, leads to light and truth". This year, Highland Park United Methodist Church, Central United Methodist Church, Cross & Crown Lutheran Church and St. Paul United Methodist Church came together to organize the walk.

The Living Stations was more than a drama or a parish event. "On Saturday, churches would be in a state of mourning after the death of Jesus".

"We wanted them to be able to celebrate that important moment with a group of believers", Belford said.

Station nine is set up to observe the third time Jesus fell, while station ten is when he was stripped of his clothes and station 11 is when he was nailed to the cross. A member of the church invited her to take part in the walk on Friday.

"For many, the power of it is the humility of Christ and that you begin Holy Week off with a sense of if God comes in on a donkey, how much more should we be humble for him?" "It gives me an opportunity to actually feel it rather than just read about it", said Sandhya Osta.

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The Spirit of the Desert Church in Ivins was represented by Reverend Lee Montgomery, who said his fellowship has participated for more than 10 years or so, he said.

The traditional Catholic pilgrimage recalls the suffering and death of Jesus.

"The first year we were here we saw this in the newspaper", he said. (Matthew 16:24, New International Version) Jesus' example can provide strength through suffering, said the late Rev. John Claypool, who was a Southern Baptist preacher in Kentucky and later an Episcopal priest in Alabama.

Singing praises in public places, Christian said, was a way to "witness to others about our faith in God".

"A towel and basin [mentality] is the way we need to live life", Gearhart said.

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"The reason for us to have this procession is to commemorate this solemn procession according to custom and tradition, whereby the crowds waved palm branches upon Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and sang Hosanna", said Fr Anthony.