Catholics reenact Stations of the Cross in Pilsen

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Catholics from area parishes shut down traffic to make way for the crowd, stopping at every Station of the Cross and watching the live play. (WLS)

Christians across the Chicago area are continuing traditions remembering the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday.

In the city's Pilsen neighborhood, thousands of Catholics are keeping a longtime Good Friday tradition alive.

Catholics from area parishes shut down traffic to make way for the crowd, stopping at every Station of the Cross and watching the live play.

It begins with the Last Supper at Providence of God Church Parish and continues on to 18th Street. Eight Roman Catholic churches organize this every year, and many have been here year after year.

"For me it just brings a sense of community and belonging," said Nancy Aburto.

Others are participating for the very first time.

"I've been in Chicago 31 years and this is my first time. I feel proud of myself," said Marian Vacquez.

It's an emotional journey watching live scenes representing the Passion of Jesus Christ, but one that many here, young or old, take part because they feel this strengthens their faith during this Holy Week.

"So I can be more with God," said Adriana Vargas.

And they continue a long-standing ritual. Reenacting the living Stations of the Cross has been a tradition here for almost 40 years.


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