News / Middle East

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.
x
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.

You May Like

Multimedia US Defense Secretary: Iraqi Forces Lack 'Will to Fight'

Ash Carter criticizes Iraq's reaction to Islamic State; National Security Advisor Susan Rice echoed Carter's concerns in an interview on CBS More

Boko Haram Surrounds Havens With Land Mines

Chad and Cameroon say huge numbers of land mines planted by Boko Haram fighters along Cameroon's border with Nigeria are a danger to people, livestock and soldiers More

Women Peace Activists Cross Korean DMZ

Governments of Koreas give international delegation of women peace activists permission to pass through heavily fortified border, but some critics say symbolic crossing only benefits Pyongyang More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
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?
In Response

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.
In Response

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.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthroughi
X
May 22, 2015 10:23 AM
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthrough

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Europe Follows US Lead in Tackling ‘Conflict Minerals’

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression.
Video

Video Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Are Getting Closer

Scientists and engineers are making substantial advances towards the ultimate goal in prosthetics – creation of limbs that can be controlled by the wearer’s mind. Thanks to sophisticated sensors capable of picking up the brain’s signals, an amputee in Iceland is literally bringing us one step closer to that goal. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Afghan Economy Sinks As Foreign Troops Depart

As international troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, and many foreign aid groups follow, Afghans are grappling with how the exodus will affect the country's fragile economy. Ayesha Tanzeem reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Video

Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
Video

Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
Video

Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
Video

Video How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. Led by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the work opens the door to recreate the huge herbivore, which last roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble considers the science of de-extinction and its place on the planet
Video

Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.

VOA Blogs