Thousands make trek up Mount Cristo Rey for Good Friday
POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 5:42pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 8:52am
SUNLAND PARK, NM — In honor of Jesus Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday, an estimated 12,000 Christians in the borderland paid tribute to the Son of God's sacrifice by making the 5-mile pilgrimage up Mount Cristo Rey.
According to the gospels of the Christian bible, it's the day the Son of God, Jesus Christ, was crucified on the cross by the romans.
The trail opened around 4 a.m. Friday, and gatherers could see the moon still shining above, and the headlights of cars making their up the road leading to the gate and path up Sierra Cristo Rey to the 29-foot limestone statue of a crucifix.
From church groups singing before their hike, to families who gather by tradition, the walk had its own significance for each Christian there.
"As I'm walking up, I'm thinking of our Lord, and the reasons we are solemn right now," said Rachel Nevarez, who's been coming to make the trek for 20 years now.
For 8-year-old Kade McCuaig, he hoped his hike to the summit would give him the chance to send a message to Jesus Christ..
"To tell Jesus that I love Him and we're super lucky we don't have to have a 10-foot cross on our back," he said.
Even though Christians believe Christ made the sacrifice to pay for their sins, many carried their own cross up the mountain to show reverence to Him on Good Friday.
"It just helps remind us that God loves us because he died for our sins, and that we need a Redeemer and Savior because we can't do it ourselves," said Brian Sing from Las Cruces.
The trail was closed by 4 p.m. Friday.