Stations of the Cross

By: Jillian Risberg, Danielle Staub Email
By: Jillian Risberg, Danielle Staub Email

The stations of the cross represent traditional devotion that recreates the final hours of Jesus' life, with prayers and meditations ranging from his condemnation to his crucifixion and burial.

Friday downtown Parkersburg took part, as St. Xavier and other area churches walked up Market Street taking turns carrying the cross.

Christians observe Good Friday and Easter as the time Jesus died and rose again to save their souls and give them eternal life.

Deacon Doug Deem says Friday was about re-enacting that and to show people their faith.

"I think everybody likes to have an ecumenical thing, where we get together as brothers and sisters in Christ," he says. "So often I think that people think churches are separated but when we get together we find out that they're really much, much closer than the public perceives."

The sacred ritual precedes Easter and for many it is a very religious and holy time.

Also over in Marietta the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Assumption carried the cross starting at noon.

To end the ecumenical walk the 14 stations of the cross were mimed out by local middle and high school students.


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