Christian community, Interfaith Council reflect on Christ in spiritual walk

ST. GEORGE — With a wooden cross, prayers, song and scriptural messages, more than 100 people followed members of the St. George Interfaith Council on a walk south on Diagonal Street from the Bluff Street Park at 600 N. Bluff Street in St. George to the St. George Catholic Church, at 259 W. 200 North, Friday morning for the annual honoring Good Friday with “Stations of the Cross.”

With 14 stops, also known as stations, participants were able to listen and participate in a scriptural message shared by various religious leaders in the community, listen to prayers and sing the religious song, “Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord).”

Solomon's Porch Foursquare Fellowship  Pastor Jimi Kestin carries a cross in the Stations of the Cross walk, St. George, Utah, April 3, 2015 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News
Solomon’s Porch Foursquare Fellowship Pastor Jimi Kestin carries a cross in the Stations of the Cross walk, St. George, Utah, April 3, 2015 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

The walk of “Stations of the Cross” aka The Way of the Cross in St. George began about 10 years ago, St. George Interfaith Council President and Solomon’s Porch Foursquare Fellowship Church Pastor Jimi Kestin said, when members of the St. George Catholic Church suggested it during a “Prayer Over The City” interfaith meeting.

“We are close to 10 years now as the Christian community comes together to participate in this Good Friday ceremony to recognize the price that Jesus Christ paid for us on the cross,” Kestin said. “We are so excited that this faith community has been able to gather together in unity with the diversity of Christian thought, and that we can lay those little things aside and stand together on this being one of the most important days on the Christian calendar.”

More than 100 people walked with religious leaders to reflect on  Jesus Christ, St. George, Utah, April 3, 2015 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News
More than 100 people walked with religious leaders to reflect on Jesus Christ, St. George, Utah, April 3, 2015 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

Kestin said the event has grown in attendance every year and has become a great way to celebrate before Easter Sunday.

The event was a way to recognize the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the group read bible passages from Matthew, Mark, Luke, Lamentations, John, Psalms, Isaiah and Ezekiel.

Cliff and Ruth Brady, members of the Catholic church, said they have come to the Stations of the Cross every year since it began. Cliff Brady said he grew up going to a Way of the Cross event in Boise, Idaho, on Good Friday. He said when he married his wife they started going together.

“It’s a beautiful ceremony and it puts you in the mood of what Jesus went through on our behalf,” Cliff Brady said.

Ruth Brady said she loved that they were reminded of how Christians all around the world are still suffering and prayers need to go out for them.

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