Good Friday: Carrying the cross

The First Church of Christ congregants re-enact Jesus’ walk.
The First Church of Christ congregants re-enact Jesus’ walk.

All over the world, Christians are beginning one of their most holy holidays.

As they prepare to celebrate Easter, they start with the observance of Good Friday, traditionally the day when Jesus was crucified almost 2,000 years ago.

In Centre County, those observances are also happening, including one very special commemoration.

The First Church of Christ in Rush Township stands on a hill just outside Philipsburg along state Route 350.

That hill stood in for a dusty road in Jerusalem on Friday as a group of congregants re-enacted Jesus’ walk carrying his cross to his own execution. It is an annual event that has been retracing those footsteps for more than two decades.

The church’s minister, Ryan Parish, walked the last leg of the march, carrying the cross up the hill and resting it against the church sign. He urged his flock of about four dozen attendees to use the experience to keep the events in mind as they head into the holiday.

“I do encourage you to try and enter into the drama,” he said.

Services take place across the county throughout the weekend at churches of all denominations.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce