Way of the Cross returns on Good Friday after two years of absence



A two-hour walk intended to remember the passion, suffering, and death of Jesus Christ and connect them to the injustices experienced today returns to Springfield after two years.

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A two-hour walk intended to remember the passion, suffering and death of Jesus Christ and connect them to injustices experienced today – including racism, poverty and environmental decline – returns to Springfield after a two-year absence.

The Good Friday Way of the Cross march will take place on April 15. Members of five Springfield churches will meet at noon on the steps of the Illinois Supreme Court building at 200 E. Capitol Ave.

This year’s Stations of the Cross was hosted by Springfield Dominican Sister Marcelline Koch and Brethren First Church pastor Bobbi Dykema. Koch said the walk brings people closer to what Christ felt during his Passion.

“Taking this tradition out of our church walls and into the streets — exactly where Jesus would have been 2,000 years ago — helps make what he went through more immediate,” Koch said.

The march, a 30+ year tradition, was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

“This traditional Catholic devotion takes on meaning for people of all Christian traditions when we make the connection between the passion of Jesus and the suffering of people around the world today,” Dykema said.

In the event of rain, the event will be held inside the First Presbyterian Church at 321 S. Seventh St. in Springfield.

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