Via Crucis Events

April 11, 2011

Thousands of area Catholics will take to the streets for traditional Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) processions on Good Friday, April 22, 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
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. The events will be in Spanish, English and French, reflecting the growing diversity of Catholics in the region. 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.

1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Via Crucis in Silver Spring, MD
St. Michael the Archangel, 805 Wayne Ave., 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 Ave. to Colesville Rd. to Fenton St. and back to the church for a 3:30 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion will be in Spanish.

2:00 p.m.-3:45 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

Nearly 200 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. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington will greet the people on the steps of the Cathedral of St. Matthew 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.

6:30 p.m., Drama of the Passion of Jesus in the Gavan Center (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 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 Irving St. to 14th St. to Park Rd. and back to the church.

Brie Hall
Office of Communications
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