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Christians walk in saviour’s footsteps

With snow-covered foothills in the background on Good Friday, Fort Macleod residents take part in the Way of the Cross procession.

Chris Adamiak and Veronica Kim lead the Way of the Cross procession

Fort Macleod residents on Good Friday traced the symbolic footsteps of their saviour Jesus Christ.
More than 70 people turned out for the annual Way of the Cross procession, which recreates Christ’s painful journey to crucifixion.
“This is not simply a journey that Jesus made, but rather a journey that we all continue to make each day of our lives,” Father Ben Marino said. “Every step, every stumble and every victory that we experience each day has already been experienced by Jesus himself.”
“Together with Jesus we shall walk the steps that lead to a death, for we all face little deaths each day,” Father Marino added. “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.”
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 hoisted the heavy wooden cross to his shoulder to start the journey north on Third Avenue to 27th Street.
Ira Provost provided music accompaniment along the way as participants sang on their way to each of the Stations of the Cross.
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.
People took turns carrying the wooden cross east on 27th Street to Fourth Avenue, then south to 26th Street and west to Third Avenue.
“The journey we are about to make is a special one,” Father Marino said. “It is a journey that has already been made for us by Jesus.”
The readings at the Stations of the Cross were given by Sebastian David, Ailsa Kotke, Joyce Bonertz, Malie Charlton, Joe Hamacher, Eedee Chester, Irene Kudelik, Joan Isberg, Laura Martin, Michelle Trowbridge, Nellie Smallbones, Elaine Lambert, Rev. Pilar Gateman and Ruth McDougall.
“We have journeyed these steps in a spirit of prayerful hope,” Father Marino 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,” Father Marino added. “Let us always be about our Lord’s work.”
Participants in the Way of the Cross procession then gathered at Holy Cross Hall for hot cross buns, coffee, tea and juice.

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