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.
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