BANGOR, Maine — More than 80 community members are expected to participate in the third annual Way of the Cross Community Procession at 1 p.m. Palm Sunday, April 13.
Last year, the event drew nearly 800 spectators as the procession moved through a 1.6-mile route from St. Joseph Church on North Main Street in Brewer to St. John Church on York Street in Bangor. All are welcome to walk in the procession, which consists of prayers, readings and enactments based on the 14 traditional Stations of the Cross.
“We’d like all Catholics in Maine, all Christians in Maine, to feel invited and welcome to join in the experience this year,” said volunteer leader Stephanie Jesiolowski, in a Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland press release.
During the procession, the enactors, who are dressed in costumes communicating historical accuracy to the degree possible, present the events of the Passion of Jesus Christ as passages from the Gospels are read to the solemn and prayerful community members. The procession presents an account of the passion that is authentic to the Gospel and to the traditional Way of the Cross prayed in Catholic churches throughout the world.
The Stations of the Cross began as the practice of pious pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem to retrace the final journey of Jesus Christ to Calvary. Later, for the many that wanted to pass along the same route but could not make the trip to the Holy Land, a practice developed that eventually took the form of the 14 stations. It is one of the most important devotions honoring the passion of Jesus.
The procession will begin at 1 p.m. and will last approximately three hours. Soup and bread will be served at St. John Church in Bangor immediately following. Parking is available at St. John Church and a shuttle service will transport people to the starting point at St. Joseph Church prior to the procession.
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