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Faithful trace Christ’s journey to the cross

Julia Muirhead helps Doug McTrowe carry the wooden cross.

Julia Muirhead helps Doug McTrowe carry the wooden cross.

Christians are already following in the footsteps of their saviour, but on Good Friday Fort Macleod residents traced Jesus Christ’s path to crucifixion.
The Way of the Cross procession, with stops at 14 Stations of the Cross, attracted about 65 people.
“This is not simply a journey that Jesus made, but rather a journey that we all continue to make each day of our lives,” Charlotte Balkham said at the outset. “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,” Balkham 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.”
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.
Doug McTrowe hoisted the heavy wooden cross to his shoulder to start the journey north on Third Avenue to 27th Street.
Guitarist Michael Van Hell provided live music accompaniment to go with recorded songs 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.
McTrowe, Joe Hamacher, young Julia Muirhead and Chris Adamiak took turns carrying the wooden cross east on 27th Street to Fourth Avenue, then south to 26th Street and west to Third Avenue.

Joe Hamacher holds the cross as he listens to a reading.

Joe Hamacher holds the cross as he listens to a reading.

Doug McTrowe carries the cross as the procession moves along with a scenic background.

Doug McTrowe carries the cross as the procession moves along with a scenic background.

Charlotte Balkham, Kami Staples, Sophia David, Dr. Sebastian David, Eva David, Rev. Pilar Gateman, Dell Schmidt, Ailsa Kotke, Rev. Eras Van Zyl, Bob Train, Laura Martin, Elsie Jenkins, Jan Tarnes, Sandra DeRobles and Carla Neers gave the readings at the Stations of the Cross.
“We have journeyed these steps in a spirit of prayerful hope,” Charlotte Balkham 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

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