VIDEO: Hundreds Follow Jesus in 'Stations of the Cross'

About 50 parishioners of the Church of the Assumption held a live Stations of the Cross on Good Friday; hundreds attended.

Close to 1,000 parishioners of stood in reverence as they watched a full re-enactment of Jesus' walk to the Calvary on Good Friday in Peekskill's Their Parochial Vicar, Father Vincent Druding, played Jesus and about 50 to 75 parishioners played the other roles involved in Christ’s crucifixion. The approximately two-hour re-enactment included prayers, songs and music, all in Spanish.

"The tradition of this devotion dates back centuries....but 'live Stations of the Cross' done in this way had all but faded in this country until some of our friends from other countries, in this case mostly Ecuador, started to revive it," said Audrey Warn, Advancement Director of the Assumption Church. 

Also, known as the Way of the Cross, this ancient devotion is practiced especially during Lent as a means of recreating the last hours of Jesus’ walk to Calvary and His crucifixion.  This is the tenth year that parishioners have gathered for this devotion and, while it has grown larger through the years, this is the first time a priest has portrayed the role of Jesus. 


Click through the photos above to view the reenactment. Please feel free to upload your own photos from the event.

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Shar April 07, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Wow, I am impressed ...is this the first year the church has held the Stations of the Cross in Depew Park?
Beach Girl April 07, 2012 at 02:41 PM
This is a beautiful way to celebrate the Passion of the Cross ..... But what I heard from the video that it isdone in Spanish .. i have nothing against latino but how are we being fair to people that dont speak Spanish ?
Barbara April 07, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Green Eye Girl I agree with you. Not every one understands Spanish or speaks it. It should have been translated in English also. What happened to what is or was suppose to be the #1 - ENGLISH?
peekskillman April 07, 2012 at 09:35 PM
the only country in the world that doesnt have an "official" language. The way things are going with all the illegals, Spanish may eventually become our national language, getting to be that way in Peekskill as it is anyway
theobserver April 08, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Mr. Peekskillman. The church loves all. Jesus loves all. The Assumption Church loves all. Maybe you should love all.
peekskillman April 09, 2012 at 01:13 AM
there's a line between relegion and the laws of the country; freedom of relegion should not entail breaking the laws of the land.
Beach Girl April 09, 2012 at 03:25 AM
@ the observer ..... i have to say i love all cultures and embrace everyone 60 yrs ago my father was an immigrate and was told to speak English ... his boss was also from the same country .... So from 7 in the am to 7 pm my father learned the English language . We were raised by my parents to speak Italian and English . My parents came to country to better there life . they embrace the American way without losing their hertiage .. I.


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