Borderland Catholics spend Good Friday with reenactment of the Passion of Christ

El Paso News

This Good Friday many parishioners at churches across the Borderland reflected.

People at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, in Horizon City, watched the reenactment of the passion of the Christ from the first station where Jesus Christ is condemned to death to the last station where Jesus is laid in a tomb.

Dressed the part, actors for the day, representing moments the Catholic Church reflects upon Good Friday.
 
“This is the day that the savior of the Earth died. He died on the cross for us,” said Everardo Jaquez. He attends Holy Spirt Catholic Church and was an actor during the play.

“He took the punishment that we should have received. So he did it all for us. He did it with love,” said Iliana Ortiz. She is also a parishioner and actor.

The stations of the cross is a 14-step tradition recognizing the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the events leading up to it.

From Roman soldiers whipping Jesus, to him falling to the ground, and a woman wiping the blood from his face, all while people walked along side the reenactment.

For Catholics, it’s a way to help see Jesus’ sacrifice.

“This is the time of conversion, the time of penance, a time of reflection. To see where do I stand with God and how can I become a better person,” said David Lugo, a Catholic who visited Holy Spirt Catholic Church to watch the play.

“Even though we keep making mistakes. He still forgives us every time,” said Vianey Juarez, a parishoner and actor.
 
People watched as the reenactment showed Jesus being nailed to the cross and dying on it. People followed the actors to the last station where Jesus is laid in a tomb.

Sunday is Easter when the Catholic Church celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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