Passion Comes Alive in Traditional Via Crucis

March 29, 2012

Thousands of area Catholics will take to the streets for the traditional Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) processions on Good Friday, April 6, in remembrance of Christ’s crucifixion.

Noon-4:00 p.m., Tri-Lingual Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) in Takoma Park/Silver Spring, MD (largest event in area)
Starting Point: Our Lady of Sorrows, 1006 Larch Avenue, Takoma Park
Ending Point: St. Camillus, 1600 St. Camillus Drive, 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. The events will be in Spanish, English and French, reflecting the growing diversity of Catholics in the region. Route: North on New Hampshire Avenue to Wildwood Drive to University Boulevard to 14th Avenue, then across New Hampshire Avenue to Northampton Dr. to St. Camillus.

Noon-3:00 p.m., Via Crucis in Riverdale Park, MD
St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 5700 St. Bernard Drive, Riverdale Park

More than 1,500 parishioners, including children, will re-enact a living Stations of the Cross in costume in the church parking lot, then process down 56th Avenue to Hamilton Street to Edmonston Road to Emerson Street to 55th Avenue and back to the church along 59th Avenue in commemoration of Christ’s walk to His crucifixion. At 7:00 p.m. there will be a blessing in Spanish at the church.

1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Via Crucis in Silver Spring, MD
St. Michael the Archangel, 805 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring

Approximately 500 parishioners will walk through the streets to commemorate Christ’s crucifixion. The procession will begin at St. Michael, move down Wayne Ave. to Georgia Avenue to Colesville Road to Fenton Street and back to the church for a 3:30 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion will be in Spanish.

2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m., Via Crucis in Washington, DC
Starting Point: Our Lady, Queen of the Americas, 2200 California Street, NW
Ending Point: Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW

Nearly 200 Catholics will “walk in the footsteps of Christ” to his crucifixion at Mount Calvary as they wind down Connecticut Avenue through the heart of Dupont Circle carrying statues and singing. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington will greet the people on the steps of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle at 3:45 p.m. as they head into the church for a Spanish-language Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Veneration of the Cross.

6:00 p.m., Via Crucis in Mount Rainier, MD
St. James, 3628 Rhode Island Avenue, Mount Rainier, MD

More than 350 parishioners will walk through the streets re-enacting the Stations of the Cross. They will begin their walk at Thomas S. Stone Elementary School on 34th Street and walk for 45 minutes, returning to the church for a 7:30 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion in Spanish.

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

Parishioners from the 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 Road to Irving Street to 14th Street to Park Road and back to the church.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 98 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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