Hundreds attend UST’s annual 2-mile Way of the Cross

April 12, 2016

HOUSTON — On Good Friday, Catholics from all across Houston participated in the 16th annual Way of the Cross, emulating Christ’s walk to Calvary. 

Sponsored by the Movement of Communion and Liberation and the University of St. Thomas, the Way of the Cross publicly commemorated the stations of the Passion of Jesus Christ. The procession started at the University of St. Thomas, stopping at Holy Rosary Catholic Church and Catholic Charities in Houston’s Midtown, and concluded with a final blessing from Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston. 

Gathered in the midst of the city, hundreds of Houstonians followed the cross through a nearly 2-mile journey, which brings home the words of Pope Francis on The Church of Mercy: “I think this is truly the most wonderful experience we can have: to belong to a people walking, journeying through history together with our Lord, who walks among us.” 

“Life is a land of trial,” said one of the readings, but the Mystery became present so that life may be renewed once more. Walking in reverent silence, participants were reminded that Christ’s triumphed over death, and currently continues to reach us through those who follow Him. 

“The presence of Christ became real in the faces of the people who followed the cross through the busy and noisy streets of Houston, renewing in me the happiness in belonging to our Catholic faith,” said Paolo Zaffaroni, leader of the local Communion and Liberation group in Houston and an organizer of the procession.

The Way of the Cross is walked in cities in more than 70 countries around the world and has become a fixture in the landscape of Houston’s Good Friday events. 
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