Way of the Cross Set Friday

People in Meridian and Lauderdale County are preparing for the annual “Way of the Cross, Way of Peace" Walk on Good Friday.

For nine years, Christians of every denomination and race have taken part, commemorating the events leading up to Jesus' death on the cross and subsequent resurrection.

"I think it is one thing we all believe. Christ is the center, and we all believe," said Sister Andre' Burkhart, the walk's organizer.

This march, the ninth, will be the final one for its organizer, Sister Andre' Burkhart, who is moving later this year.

But those who are taking part in this year's walk say she'll leave behind a legacy, one of bringing Christians together.

"Hopefully, it has made a difference in the lives of the people of Meridian. It certainly has made a difference in mine," said the Rev. Jimmy Johnson, pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church.

This year's march will have several new stations and churches participating and organizers are hoping for their biggest crowd yet. Burkhart says putting faith on display is an important part of being a Christian.

"Public witness, I think, is very important, especially today when many things are so shattered, that we all come together as Christians and witness," Burkhart said.

Burkhart says she has witnessed wonderful things in Meridian in the nine years the walk has taken place. She said she hopes it will continue to grow after she's gone. Burkhart plans to start a similar walk in her new home in Indiana next year.

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