Hundreds take part in Way of the Cross

Ana Gajic, from the Carleton School of Journalism for CFRA News

Hundreds took to the streets in Ottawa on Friday to commemorate the annual Way of the Cross.

The group followed behind a large cross as it made its path from Saint Patrick's Basilica to Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, stopping at Parliament Hill and the Supreme Court. The procession is meant to commemorate Jesus Christ's journey through the streets of Jerusalem, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast said.

"This is an occasion for us to follow the way of Jesus," he said. "We repeat in our own city at this time what happened in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago. So we're trying to recall in our own spirits the motives and the feelings of the people at that time."

As the walk wound its way through the city, members sang and prayed softly. Those who attended said this walk is a reminder that they're not alone in their faith. For Anne, the event gave her time to reflect on her relationship with her religion.

"Jesus suffered so much for us, for each one of us in particular," she said. "I have to be grateful; to take the time to spend this time to be with him."

Maria said she was happy to see that many young people like her contributed to the tradition.

"We're not dying out. You know, everyone assumes that the Catholics are all the old people...but there are a good deal of young people here."

Prendergast echoed this sentiment, and said that it was uplifting to see the diversity in the group that gathered.

"It's always good to see that the church is not just the church of the elderly, it's the church of the families and the children and future generations."

This walk is just one of the events the Archdiocese of Ottawa has organized for Easter weekend.

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