Way of the Cross

Dozens of people participated in Friday's Way of the Cross observance in Havre de Grace, starting out at noon near the American Legion, with numerous stops planned throughout the downtown area in remembrance of Jesus' crucifixion. (PHOTO BY TED HENDRICKS | AEGIS STAFF / March 29, 2013)

The annual Way of the Cross observance in Havre de Grace began at noon Friday, as participants walked to several points in the city in this decades old Good Friday tradition organized by the Susquehanna Ministerium.

"This is my 21st year and it predates me," Pastor Ron Tabor, of the First Christian Church of Havre de Grace, told the assembled group before the celebration began in David Craig Park.

About a hundred people of all ages participated in Friday's walk, carrying a large wooden cross under sunny skies and breezy temperatures.

In Havre de Grace, those who walk and those who carry the cross are dressed normally. They observe and remember, but do not try to re-enact, the suffering of Jesus Christ during his crucifixion on Mount Calvary.

Stations of the Cross around the city included David Craig Park on the waterfront, Rochambeau Plaza, St. John Street, Washington Street, Congress Avenue, where several of the city's oldest churches are, and points along Union Avenue.

The group stopped to sing and pray at the stations along the Way of the Cross.