Fort Macleod Christians made a symbolic journey on Good Friday as they took part in the Way of the Cross procession.
About 50 people turned out at Holy Cross Church to walk a route that included stops at the Stations of the Cross.
“The journey we are about to make is a special one,” said Evelyn McTrowe, one of the volunteers who gave readings along the way. “It is a journey that has already been made for us by Jesus.”
“However, this is not simply a journey that Jesus made, but rather a journey that we all continue to make each day of our lives,” McTrowe added. “Every step, every stumble and every victory that we experience each day has already been experience by Jesus himself.”
The Way of the Cross traced Jesus Christ’s path to crucifixion.
“Together with Jesus, we shall walk the steps that lead to a death for we all face little deaths each day,” McTrowe said. “But even more, together with Jesus, we will rejoice in the resurrection that follows these deaths because the cross is not a sign of defeat.”
“It is a sign of victory.”
The hour-long Way of the Cross procession attracted a wide range of people from several churches in Fort Macleod.
Participants gathered on the steps of Holy Cross Church for a symbolic journey that took them around the block and ended at the church.
Chris Adamiak was first to hoist the heavy wooden cross to lead the procession north on Third Avenue to 27th Street.
The Way of the Cross continued east on 27th Street to Fourth Avenue, where it turned right to proceed to 26th Street.
From there the Way of the Cross continued west back to Holy Cross Church.
Along the way people sang, prayed and listened to readings at each of the Stations of the Cross that marked events on Jesus’ walk to Calvary.
A howling wind prevailed throughout the afternoon, and at times Doug McTrowe had to step in to brace the cross while someone was holding it at the Stations of the Cross.
“We have journeyed these steps in a spirit of prayerful hope,” Evelyn McTrowe said when the cross returned to Holy Cross Church. “When we unite our sufferings and difficulties to those of our Lord Jesus Christ, our sadness and distress will eventually change into joy, vindication, healing and peace.”
“Though we may bear the scars of our hurts, we will no longer be prisoners of fear, for we have triumphed through the victory of the cross and resurrection. Let us always be about our Lord’s work.”
Participants in the Way of the Cross procession then gathered at Holy Cross Hall for refreshments.