“The Way of the Cross” to be held April 18


“The Way of the Cross” Good Friday cross walk will be held locally Friday, April 18. Cross walks, which usually involve the offering of a prayer and meditation at a series of locations of significance within a city, are a well known way that Christians of all denominations remember Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection.

The Way of the Cross, an event organized by Cape Girardeau Ministerial Alliance, will begin at noon at the Common Pleas Courthouse Gazebo on Lorimier Street.

This is the 14th year that Cape churches have joined together for the cross walk. When the Downtown Council of Churches (DCC) in Cape Girardeau was founded in 2001, pastors sought to find a way that Christians from all backgrounds could come together, worship, and witness. The DCC chose Good Friday at noon and decided on a devotional parade, following the Way of the Cross. This year, the Cape Ministerial Alliance (CMA) has taken over sponsorship of the event.

Participants should gather at the Common Pleas Courthouse Gazebo at noon. At about 12:15 PM, the walk will progress west on Broadway to Pacific Street and then head east on Independence Street, returning to the Common Pleas courtyard. Fourteen stations in the downtown area will be stopping points for Scripture reading and prayer with several locations designated as stops for singing well-known devotional songs as well. Everyone is welcome to take a turn in carrying the full-size cross from station to station.

The route is approximately 1.2 miles long avoiding steep hills to make it more accessible. The walk should take about one-and-a-half hours to complete. With the route being easy to find up Broadway and down Independence, the CMA encourages people to come for even part of it if they cannot participate in the entire walk. Ample parking is available within a block of the walk's starting point at the Common Pleas Courthouse and bus transportation will be available to provide relief to walkers. Water bottles will also be available.

In the event of rain the event will be moved to Old St. Vincent's Church on Spanish Street.

Seventy-five to 200 people per year have participated in the annual cross walk, which is nondenominational. The CMA’s goal for this event is to draw Christians who love Jesus together and lift him up in praise.

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