Southeast Texans celebrate Good Friday

Students at St. Aloysius reenacted the Stations of the Cross Wednesday afternoon before Easter break. In the second station Jesus is forced to carry his cross

Scores of Holy Family Catholic Church members took to the streets in the Westside neighborhood on Good Friday to participate in the devotion of the Stations of the Cross.

Andrew Evans, one of the participants, said the Stations of the Cross has tremendous personal significance for him.

"We remember that today. his great love for us". From the turnout and reaction of congregational members, Steffy more than met his goal.

While the All Souls students were praying in the basement before beginning the Good Friday ritual, Pope Francis was completing the stations at the Colosseum in Rome amid heightened security in preparation for Easter, according to news reports.

Wes Register, Associate Pastor of CrossPoint Community Church, said it's a demonstration of the sacrifices Jesus made for us on Good Friday. "It reminds you grace is a free gift that came with a price".




"For me it means a lot because it isn't often we get to celebrate our faith in such a public way", he said. "We want to get to Easter without the cross, but you can't have it both ways". The First Station begins on the Plaza at Our Lady of Wisdom Church at the corner of St. Mary Blvd. and McKinley Street.

"The darkness we walk through on Thursday and Good Friday, walking through with Christ, leads to light and truth". "One of them is the importance of this moment in the history of that church".

Visit the Eucharistic Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament on Holy Thursday in different churches, the so-called 'Visita Iglesia'.

"I'm the tallest", he said in the parish hall of St. John Catholic Church on York Street shortly before he went upstairs Friday afternoon to the sanctuary where worshippers quietly waited.

When asked how he felt about the more than 1,000 people who are expected to attend, Cory said "The crowd is impressive, but there is an intimacy that each person can have with Jesus. We are called to love others with a love that is self-giving, self-expending and sacrificial".

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