Columbus Christians celebrate Good Friday
Christians around the world celebrate Good Friday today, many of them through fasting and repenting of sins. A group of Columbus Episcopalians walked around the statehouse reenacting Christ's footsteps to the His crucifixion.
A group of about 15 people stopped along Third Street across from the statehouse. It was the first of eight stops they would make around Capitol Square in their reenactment of Christ's Way of the Cross.
"God did not spare his own Son. But delivered Him up for us all."
Good Friday mark's the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Each stop highlighted a point in the time line from when Christ was first condemned to die to when He was laid in a tomb before His miraculous resurrection. But also at each stop, the group incorporated some modern issues like executions, women's rights and homelessness.
"Executions are carried out more and more frequently each year, and elected leaders of our state continue to refuse to end this brutal retribution."
Patricia Rigola has taken part in Trinity Episcopal Church's Way of the Cross for 20 years.
"It's one of the few times that we proclaim our belief publicly in front of people who are not necessarily Episcopalians or Christians. We drag this heavy cross around Capitol Square every Good Friday to remind people of the death of our Lord and His impending resurrection," Rigola said.
The large wooden cross drags along High Street to the group's seventh stop at the corner of Broad and High Streets.
"Jesus dies on the cross. We adore you , O Christ, and we bless you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world."
Les Standbury is a Presbyterian pastor who said he came out for the Way of the Cross with his fellow Christians to remember the suffering of Jesus and the world.
"Especially today it's because of the continued oppression from the United States government in Iraq that has me especially pondering the need to celebrate in this way," Standbury said.
Christians around the world will commemorate Christ's resurrection with Easter celebrations this Sunday.