Ashtabula County residents remember Good Friday with cross walks

01 April, 2018, 02:30 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Churches throughout Starkville will carry a cross across downtown on Friday in honor of Good Friday as a part of the Stations of the Cross

That was one message of almost 200 people who prayed as they took turns carrying a 200-pound wooden cross up Main Street in downtown Bloomington on Friday afternoon.

They were inspired by the people they met who shared their faith with them.

"It seems like they get a little better every year", he said.

Each year, attentive crowd members join together as clergy leaders lead them through readings and Scripture reflecting Jesus' journey to the cross. Symbolically speaking, the most important Good Friday symbol is the crucifix, or cross, which represents the way in which Jesus died.

"In the past, I went home injured and limping, but this year I feel so great", Enaje said after the ritual held under a sweltering sun.

Thomas Laughlin, a member of the church, said by standing on the cross it gets people to react and ask questions.

"We believe Jesus died for all people", Currier said.

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The fifth annual Walking Stations of the Cross began outside the McLean County Museum of History and proceeded a half-mile northward into Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

The Catholic Church in the Philippines tolerates the ritual but says it does not support such gory displays of devotion, describing them as a "misinterpretation of faith".

At the next to last stop at the door of Willoughby United Methodist Church, walkers were given the opportunity to pound nails into the cross.

"Twenty months ago I was homeless", McKercher said.

Likewise, churches in Karachi witnessed the observance of the service.

He was heard telling the clergy that he had to "come down to pay homage to our saviour Jesus Christ". ― Reuters picACAPULCO, March 31 ― At least two people were killed as shootouts erupted during a Good Friday procession in the Mexican resort town of Acapulco, authorities said.

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