VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - A southern Indiana community kicks off the Easter weekend with a solemn and public demonstration.
Christians of all kinds in Vincennes gathered to go through the Stations of the Cross this weekend.
The annual event brings the Christian community together through a very public procession through the streets.
At long last the sun was shining on the Old Cathedral in Vincennes.
Hundreds of the faithful gathered to celebrate Good Friday, but they didn't do it inside the church.
Instead they took their cross and went through the streets of Vincennes.
"I think it means a whole lot in the sense of bringing us all together from different denominations, Christian denominations, coming together to pray together on this very special day of Good Friday," said Father Dave Fleck with St. John's Catholic Church.
This annual event is part of a very old Christian tradition.
It may have been carried out by modern people but it brought home the message of this Holy weekend.
"This is such a Holy walk," said Kathy Brown of Vincennes. "I'm very honored bo be able to take part in this walk."
This is the 5th year that people in Vincennes have taken their Good Friday celebration out into the streets of the community and for the clergy and those participating it's a special day.
"It's so moving and it's so touching that it just brings tears to my eyes every year," said Sandy Cardinal of Vincennes.
This procession through the streets, and the sharing of the traditions may be familiar to many who took part, but organizers say the new participants are the key.
"Every time we can welcome a person who has not got to walk with us before, it's new," said Reverend Rick Grant of the First Christian Church. "It's new for the one that hasn't walked. It's new for the ones that have walked many times before."
And it brings the faith of Easter season out from behind the church doors and into the streets for hundreds to share.
A total of 16 different members of the clergy in the community helped officiate the event.
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