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

April 05, 2006

Thousands of area Catholics, mostly Latino, will take to the streets for traditional Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) processions on Good Friday, April 14, in remembrance of Christ’s crucifixion.

Noon-4:00 p.m., Via Crucis in 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 church to St. Camillus in commemoration of Christ’s walk to His crucifixion. The Via Crucis, which will include a living Stations of the Cross enacted on a large flatbed truck along the route, will be in Spanish. From Our Lady of Sorrows, the procession will move up New Hampshire Ave. to Wildwood Dr. to University Blvd. to 14th Ave., then across New Hampshire Ave. up to Northampton Dr. to St. Camillus (Info: Sandra Perez, 301-434-8400).

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Via Crucis 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

Hundreds of people will “walk in the footsteps of Christ” to his crucifixion at Mount Calvary as they wind down Connecticut Ave. carrying statues and singing. Prayers will be in Spanish. 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: Sr. Felipa Blazquez, 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

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

Parishioners from the multicultural Shrine of the Sacred Heart will hold a Passion Play dramatizing the death of Christ at the parish’s Gavan Center, 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 Harvard Rd. to 16th St. and back to the church (Info: 202-234-8000).

Mark Adkinson
Office of Communications
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