Christ’s Passion Comes Alive as Thousands of Catholics Take to the Streets for the Traditional Via Crucis

March 20, 2008

Thousands of area Catholics, mostly Latino, will take to the streets for traditional Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) processions on Good Friday, March 21, in remembrance of Christ’s crucifixion.

Noon-4:00 p.m., Tri-Lingual Via Crucis, Takoma Park/Silver Spring, MD (largest event in area)
Starting Point: Our Lady of Sorrows, 1006 Larch Ave., Takoma Park
Ending Point: St. Camillus, 1600 St. Camillus Dr., Silver Spring

More than 2,000 people will walk three miles from Our Lady of Sorrows to St. Camillus in commemoration of Christ’s walk to His crucifixion while a living Stations of the Cross are re-enacted on a flatbed truck along the route. Events will be in Spanish, English and French, reflecting the growing diversity of Catholics in the region. Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl will greet the participants at St. Camillus. Route: north on New Hampshire Ave. to Wildwood Dr. to University Blvd. to 14th Ave., then across New Hampshire Ave. to Northampton Dr. to St. Camillus. (Info: Sandra Perez, 301-434-8400)

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) in Washington, DC
Starting Point: Our Lady, Queen of the Americas, 2200 California St., NW
Ending Point: Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW

Nearly 200 Latino Catholics will “walk in the footsteps of Christ” to his crucifixion at Mount Calvary as they wind down Connecticut Ave. through the heart of Dupont Circle carrying statues and singing. Bishop Francisco Gonzalez, S.F. will greet the people on the steps of the Cathedral of St. Matthew at 3:45 p.m. for a Spanish-language Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Veneration of the Cross. (Info: Angélica Romero, 202-332-8838)

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Via Crucis in Silver Spring, MD
St. Michael the Archangel, 805 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring

Approximately 300 parishioners will walk through the streets to commemorate Christ’s crucifixion. The procession will begin at St. Michael, move down Wayne Ave. to Georgia Ave. to Colesville Rd. to Fenton St. and back to the church for a 3:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion in Spanish. (Info: Oscar Mendez, 301-589-1155)

6:30 p.m., Drama of the Passion (Spanish); 8:30 p.m., Multicultural Outdoor Prayer Procession
Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 16th St. and Park Rd., NW, Washington, DC (Start: Parish’s Gavan Center)

Parishioners from the multicultural Shrine of the Sacred Heart will hold a Passion Play dramatizing the death of Christ, then walk through the streets of their neighborhood in an outdoor procession to honor Christ Crucified and the Sorrowful Mother. Prayers and songs will be in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole and Vietnamese. The procession will begin at Sacred Heart, move up Park Rd. to Mt. Pleasant St. to Irving St. to 16th St. and back to the church. (Info: Fr. Stephen Carter, 202-234-8000)

Contact:
Susan Gibbs
Office of Communications
301-853-4515
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