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Suburbs mark Good Friday with somber processions in rainy weather

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  • Jesus is whipped as he carries his cross during a Good Friday procession from St. Thomas Church in Palatine to Mission San Juan Diego in Arlington Heights.

       Jesus is whipped as he carries his cross during a Good Friday procession from St. Thomas Church in Palatine to Mission San Juan Diego in Arlington Heights.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Andres Colon, 21, plays the roll of Jesus and 30-year-old Elizabeth Rivera plays the roll of Mary, both of Waukegan, as the parishioners of Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Waukegan held a Living Stations of the Cross for Good Friday.

       Andres Colon, 21, plays the roll of Jesus and 30-year-old Elizabeth Rivera plays the roll of Mary, both of Waukegan, as the parishioners of Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Waukegan held a Living Stations of the Cross for Good Friday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Rev. Andrew Unger, left, Kevin Gimre, center, and Rev. Martin Johnson, right, lead worshippers at All Souls Anglican Church in Wheaton in the stations of the cross service Good Friday afternoon.

       Rev. Andrew Unger, left, Kevin Gimre, center, and Rev. Martin Johnson, right, lead worshippers at All Souls Anglican Church in Wheaton in the stations of the cross service Good Friday afternoon.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • Video: "Living Stations of the Cross

 
Daily Herald staff report

Christians across the suburbs braved the rainy conditions to take part in the traditional Good Friday processions of the cross. The walks serve as a reminder of how Jesus Christ suffered before he was ultimately crucified.

While most of the processions took place inside churches, with congregants stopping of various stations depicting how badly Jesus Christ was treated to recall the event, several congregations stage more elaborate outdoor remembrances. They reenacted the Bible's account of Christ bearing the cross on his final journey from Jerusalem to Cavalry, all the while comforting his sobbing mother, Mary.

In one of the bigger events, worshippers from St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Palatine performed their ritual starting at their church and walking to Mission San Juan Diego Catholic Church in Arlington Heights, with people taking on the roles of Jesus Christ carrying the cross, soldiers, high priests and other officials.

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