Way of the Cross

By: Jason Simpson
By: Jason Simpson

Father Elvin Sunds of St. Patrick Catholic Church says Good Friday is a day of remembering what Jesus did for the world over 2000 years ago.

That's why Christians of almost every denomination gathered in downtown Meridian Friday, to celebrate and commemorate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday morning.

"What we are doing is we're coming together to celebrate the great sacrifice that Jesus made for us in his death and resurrection," said father Elvin Sunds.

The Way of the Cross is a reenactment of all 13 significant events of Jesus' last day from condemnation before Pilate to his death on the cross, and his burial in a borrowed tomb.

Men, women, and children from over 30 churches walked through the Via Dolorosa to get a glimpse of what it must have been like to really be there that day.

"It makes your heart appreciate what he's done for us, that he really suffered for our sins," said Myrtle Valentine.

Before the walk began, hundreds of people stood outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse, offering praise in song and in dance.

"It's about freedom, breaking the chains of bondage and sin," said Katy Beesley of Cornerstone Church of God.

In spite of the heat, those who participated were glad to make the walk through town, hoping that it might in some way touch them, and everyone in the city.


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