Like a slow-moving parade, a group of about 1,000 people marched from one Catholic church to another Friday morning in Aurora to observe the persecution of the Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Several priests and about 20 seminarians led the procession of the faithful as they recalled Christ's last hours on earth in the days before his resurrection at Easter.
Alternating between Spanish and English, priests, seminarians, and actors portrayed the 14 Stations of the Cross, from the condemnation of Christ to death, to the moment when his body lay in a grave behind a stone.
one of the most beautiful days, "said Monsignor Arquimedes Vallejo, pastor of the Sacred Heart Church, where the walk began." Beautiful in the sense of the suffering and pain of our Lord and the life He gave us. " Dozens of volunteers in bright yellow or orange vests lined the streets of the Middle East side of the city and helped the crowd step by step to St. Nicholas Catholic Church half an mile away
The participants followed a pickup truck pulling a 13-member choir on a trailer. The choir, with singers and guitarists, sang in Spanish and English, sometimes alternating languages within the same song.
"Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom," was a refrain when the crowd lifted from the second station to the third
The annual observance of the Way of the Cross helps the Catholics to pray and stand up to prepare the holiest day of Easter when Jesus comes to life again.
After presenting Christ's condemnation to death, the stations next show Jesus carrying the cross in the beginning; then falling; meet his mother; Get help to carry Simon's Cross; to have wiped his face from Veronica; then fall again. The stations then recreate Christ and speak with the women of Jerusalem; fall a third time; take his clothes away; to be nailed to the cross; to die; to be taken from the cross;
Vallejo encouraged the families who began their Good Friday with outstations to continue worshiping with Easter services in their home communities. "We are grateful to the Lord for this experience, for our salvation," said Vallejo. "We go that way in prayer and in prayer."