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Annual Walk with the Cross to be held Good Friday afternoon in Morris

Tess Hatteberg of Morris carries the cross as participants in the cross walk leave Living Water Church of the Nazarene.
Tess Hatteberg of Morris carries the cross as participants in the cross walk leave Living Water Church of the Nazarene.

MORRIS – As Christians throughout the world celebrate Holy Week, including Good Friday, the holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, local churches will once again come together to participate the annual Walk with the Cross in Morris.

The Ecumenical annual tradition will start this year at noon at the First United Methodist Church before traveling to an additional six churches ending at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Pastor Jeri Baker with the First Presbyterian Church in Morris said, as always, the community is invited to join in as people from many congregations walk together, church to church, carrying a cross through the streets of Morris to represent the walk Jesus made carrying his cross to his crucifixion on Calvary.

The Rev. Dr. Roy Backus, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Morris, said the event shows the community how different faiths can come together.

During his last hours on the cross, Jesus said seven final statements, often referred to as the seven last words of Jesus Christ.

The words will be spoken Friday as participants in the cross walk stop at each participating church.

The order of the churches this year is: First United Methodist Church, Immaculate Conception Church, First Presbyterian Church of Morris, Living Water Church of the Nazarene, Canal Port Park for Life Church, Christian Youth Center, and Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

For those who are unable to attend the cross walk due to work on Good Friday, most area churches will also hold Good Friday services Friday night, and many will also have special prayer services offered.

If you go:

What: Walk with the Cross

When: Friday April 14, noon until 2 p.m.

Where: starts at First United Methodist Church with each church taking about 20 miinutes.

Cost: Free

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