New York: Pax Christi to hold Good Friday Way of the Cross through Manhattan

On Good Friday, more than 500 Christians from 40 religious organisations, will participate in Pax Christi Metro New York’s 30th consecutive Good Friday Way of the Cross through Manhattan.

The Way begins at 8.30am across from Holy Family Church at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, East 47th Street between First and Second Avenues, proceeds along Manhattan’s 42nd Street, and ends across from the Port Authority Terminal near Holy Cross Church.  Participants stop along the route and pray for forgiveness and reconciliation at 15 contemporary Stations of the Cross.  At each Station, groups as varied as high school and college students, young adults and veteran peace activists, reflect on Jesus’ passion as described in scripture and experienced in modern times.  Songs of petition and praise accompany and link each Station.  At the final Station, all unite to celebrate life transformed when we follow the Way of Christ.  The faithful will have turned 42nd Street into a place of prayer, reminding us that Jesus’ suffering and death were public events and that establishing peace and justice is everyone’s responsibility.  All are welcome!

Rosemarie Pace, Pax Christi New York director said:  "We will recall how Jesus’ revolutionary life led to his unwarranted execution and contemplate how counter-cultural it can be if we truly walk with Him in His way of life today.  We will pray for the courage to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and offer this contemporary Stations of the Cross as penance for their own complicity in the sins of a world that has lost its moral compass.  They will enter into Christ’s Passion for life driven by love.

"In particular, this year’s pilgrims will reflect on the “Lessons of the Cross” that remind us how Jesus lived a life of love, mercy, and compassion for all and that teach us how we are to live similarly in imitation of Him.  Consequently, at each Station, we will strive to answer the question, “How do I do for others what Jesus has done for me?” We will walk and pray with all throughout the world:  refugees and immigrants; children; people without health care; victims of hunger and poverty, racism, bullying, gender discrimination, and human trafficking; those condemned to die and those denied the opportunity to live.  We will pray in a special way that rather than glorifying the weapons of war, our nation might honor the victims of war by promising them, “Never again!”

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