Friday, April 10, 2009
This prayer emphasizes how the suffering of Jesus continues today in the lives of the poor and oppressed, in sickness, unemployment, AIDS, addictions, violence, and war.
Participants will take turns carrying a large cross as the group winds it's way through the downtown area stopping at fourteen different places, depicting the fourteen stations of the cross which tell the suffering of Christ from his trial to his Crucifixion and burial.
The first station in the Catholic tradition is "Jesus is condemned to death." The first station will be the Federal Court, where participants will pray about the death penalty.
The third station remembers Jesus falling. Participants will stop in front of a downtown bar to pray for those who have fallen under the cross of addictions.
Another station will be that of the food pantry at Sacred Heart Catholic parish, where participants will donate canned goods, rice, beans and other food items to the food pantry.
Joining us in our Way of the Cross this year will be about 100 students and teachers from Saint Joseph Academy in Brownsville, who have been participating in service projects this week in the mid-Valley with various non-profit organizations.
Everyone is cordially invited to participate in this annual event.