People celebrate Good Friday with Way of the Cross service in Vincennes

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On Good Friday, three days before Easter Sunday, Christians all over the world reflect on the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ when he died on the cross.

In Vincennes people gathered together for a special Way of the Cross Walk service at the Old Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Xavier.

“Today of course we are commemorating the death of Christ. And that’s what Christians believe is the reason that we are changed people,” said Rev. Georg Karl who coordinated the event. “That we’re freed from our sins and we can be transformed.”

The Way of the Cross Walk is a unique service dating all the way back to the fourth century and allows for Christians to meditate on each of the 14 stations that lead Jesus to Calvary.

“It began in Jerusalem and people literally retraced the steps as they knew from scripture that he had taken to Calvary,” said Trevor Murry, Chaplin of Good Samaritan Hospital. “It’s an opportunity for people of all faiths to really reflect upon who Jesus was and what he came to do for us.”

During service a cross is placed in front of each of the stations while scripture is read depicting the suffering of Christ.

The service is a time to reflect on Christ’s sacrifice in preparation for the celebration of Easter.

A celebration that will take place all over the world.

“We are a part of what Christians are doing in every continent of the world and in every city,” said Rev. Karl.  “And you know it’s happening because one event changed the world.”

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