A pack of community members took turns carrying a large wooden cross around the square to honor Good Friday on April 19.
The cross walk, sponsored by the Washington Area Ministerial Association, is held every year and encourages patrons to walk the cross to eight stations where Scripture, song and a prayer are said. The walk began at the fountain in the square and continued to the sidewalks in front of multiple businesses in the vicinity.
The stations of the cross is a devotion practiced during the Lenten season. Each station represents a different time in the life of Jesus. Patrons visit or view each station and read passages that correspond. In most churches the stations are represented through images or statues.
Pastor Maureen Howard, of Immanuel Lutheran Church, said carrying the cross acts as a reminder that in order to celebrate Easter, one must remember the events of Good Friday.
“It’s important to remember that Christ actually died and died for us, as opposed to going from joy on Palm Sunday to joy on Easter,” she said. “It’s important that we remember the death.”
She said it also works as a tool to remind people driving by about the importance and relevance of the holiday to Easter, and that in order to celebrate Easter, one must remember why it happened in the first place.
“Joy is only sweeter when you go through grief,” she said.
Pastor Kwang Song, of the United Methodist Church in Washington, was also present and said he felt that being able to be part of a reminder not only for the participants but the community, is what Good Friday is all about.
“I think the most important part is actually encouraging the people in this community to think about Jesus in this holy moment and what Jesus has done for us and this community and what Jesus actually asks us to do for this community,” he said. “This is great for our community.”
Howard agreed and said she appreciated being able to come together with people of other congregations and denominations to commemorate one thing.
“We’re brothers and sisters in Christ here,” she said.