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Thousands Join Good Friday Procession in Jerusalem

Christian worshippers hold crosses as they take part in a procession along Via Dolorosa on Good Friday during Holy Week in Jerusalem's Old City April 18, 2014. Christian worshippers on Friday retraced the route Jesus took along Via Dolorosa to his crucifi
Christian worshippers hold crosses as they take part in a procession along Via Dolorosa on Good Friday during Holy Week in Jerusalem's Old City April 18, 2014. Christian worshippers on Friday retraced the route Jesus took along Via Dolorosa to his crucifi
Robert Berger
Christians around the world are observing Good Friday, the day that Jesus was crucified.

Thousands of pilgrims packed into Jerusalem’s Old City for the traditional Good Friday Procession. They marched through the narrow cobblestone alleyways of the Via Dolorosa - the Way of Sorrows - many of them carrying big wooden crosses. Singing hymns and reading from the Gospels, they retraced the footsteps of Jesus to the 14 Stations of the Cross.

The faithful came from all over the world, including Michael Wade from Florida in the United States.
  • Lebanese Christians take part in a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday beside Mar Joseph Chruch, Dhour Sarba, Lebanon, April 18, 2014. 
  • Pakistani Christians attend a Good Friday service at the Saint Anthony Church in Lahore, Pakistan, April 18, 2014. 
  • Serbian and Spanish U.N. peacekeepers carry a cross with a statue of Jesus Christ during a Good Friday ceremony in Kalayaa, Marjayoun countryside in south Lebanon, April 18, 2014. 
  • Young men dressed in traditional Paloc folk costumes pour water from a bucket on a young woman performing a folk tradition, the Easter sprinkling, in Kazar, some 100 kilometers northeast of Budapest, Hungary, Good Friday, April 18, 2014. 
  • Polish devotees play out the Way of the Cross on Good Friday at the Sanctuary of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska near Krakow, southern Poland, April 18, 2014. 
  • Catholic faithful walk in the rain during a procession reenacting the death of Jesus Christ, on Good Friday in Lagos, Nigeria, April 18, 2014. 
  • Catholic devotees attend a procession at the Cruzeiro mountain to mark Good Friday in Goncalves, in the state of Minas Gerais, southwestern Brazil, April 18, 2014. 
  • Christian worshippers lock arms during a procession along the Via Dolorosa on Good Friday during Holy Week in Jerusalem's Old City, April 18, 2014. 
  • An Orthodox nun handles colored eggs at the Timiseni Monastery, outside Sag, western Romania, April 18, 2014. 
  • A dog sleeps on the ground during a church service at the peak of a coal mine dump in Bottrop, Germany, on Good Friday, April 18, 2014. 
  • A pilgrim holds a cross as he attends the annual Good Friday "Stations of the Cross" procession at the Champs de Mars near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, April 18, 2014. 

“It’s very nice to be here in a location where everything happened," he said. "It’s one thing to sit in a church in the U.S. and hear about everything that happened 2,000 years ago, and it’s a very different feeling to be in the place where it actually did take place. I think there’s definitely much more of a connection.”

Yohanna Defar, who came from Ethiopia, said Jerusalem on Good Friday is a revelation.
 
Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Metropolitan Theophilos (R) outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City, April 17, 2014.Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Metropolitan Theophilos (R) outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City, April 17, 2014.
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Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Metropolitan Theophilos (R) outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City, April 17, 2014.
Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Metropolitan Theophilos (R) outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City, April 17, 2014.
​“You feel the agony of our Lord. You feel it inside. So it’s wonderful. So from now on, we feel our Lord not in words only, but even in his spirit down in my heart,” said Yohanna Defar.

It was a huge crowd this year as the calendars of the Eastern Orthodox and Western Churches coincide, and they celebrate Easter and Holy Week at the same time.

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by: Christian Soldier from: USA
April 18, 2014 7:59 PM
may the Lord bless us all... in His Jerusalem. His United undivided and whole Jerusalem - where His Chosen People are back in His the Holy Land. God Bless you People of the Book - Chosen People of our Lord.

by: Emma
April 18, 2014 10:31 AM
You're aware Easter & Passover are the same week every year?
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by: Jacob from: India
April 19, 2014 2:44 PM
The fact that Jesus died at the time of Passover is recorded in the Bible. The prophet John the Baptist had already pointed him out as the "lamb of God" who takes away the sins of the world. Thus, the New Covenant was inaugurated by the shedding of his blood even as the lambs were being slaughtered in the Temple of Jerusalem.
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by: Peter
April 18, 2014 12:02 PM
This is true. However, occasionally the Eastern Orthodox and Western Church vary slightly when it comes to what date Easter falls on. This year, they happen to be during the same week.

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