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Fort Macleod Christians follow Way of the Cross on Good Friday

Dell Schmidt gives a reading at one of the Stations of the Cross, with Chris Adamiak holding the wooden cross.

Dell Schmidt gives a reading at one of the Stations of the Cross, with Chris Adamiak holding the wooden cross.

River Valley Wilderness Park is in the background as Doug McTrowe carries the cross on 27th Street.

River Valley Wilderness Park is in the background as Doug McTrowe carries the cross on 27th Street.

Way of the Cross participants stand for a reading at one of the Stations of the Cross.

Way of the Cross participants stand for a reading at one of the Stations of the Cross.

Doug McTrowe carries the wooden cross at the start of the Way of the Cross procession.

Doug McTrowe carries the wooden cross at the start of the Way of the Cross procession.

Christians staged a symbolic walk in their saviour’s footsteps last week in Fort Macleod.
About 50 people took part in the annual Way of the Cross procession on Good Friday.
With Doug McTrowe and Chris Adamiak taking turns carrying the wooden cross, the procession moved through the Stations of the Cross that marked events on Jesus Christ’s walk to crucifixion.
“The journey we are about to make is a special one,” Evelyn McTrowe told the people gathered on the steps of Holy Cross Church at the start of the Way of the Cross. “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 said. “Every step, every stumble and every victory that we experience each day has already been experienced by Jesus himself.”
The 35-minute Way of the Cross procession attracted people from several churches in Fort Macleod.
“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.”
Doug McTrowe was first to hoist the wooden cross to lead the procession north on Third Avenue to 27th Street.
The Way of the Cross followed a shorter route this year, moving to Stations of the Cross placed in advance on Holy Cross Church property.
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.
The procession made its was around the church yard to 26th Street, where it turned west and continued to Holy Cross Hall.
“We have journeyed these steps in a spirit of prayerful hope,” Evelyn McTrowe said at the final stop. “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.”
“May we accomplish this work patiently and carefully, trusting in the power of the Risen Christ, who dwells among us and will bring us everlasting life, forever and ever.”
Participants in the Way of the Cross procession then gathered at Holy Cross Hall for refreshments.

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