Good Friday tradition in Springfield continues with Way of the Cross procession

Hampden County

Re-enacting the Crucifixion of Christ has been a Good Friday tradition for many years in western Massachusetts. 

Hundreds filled the streets of Springfield to celebrate and understand the meaning of the Easter season.

Good Friday is one of the holiest days of the year in the Catholic church.

Catholics around the world celebrate the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Here in western Massachusetts, the Blessed Sacrament Church in Springfield held their annual way of the cross procession.

The procession was put on by members of the Latino parish who re-enacted the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

“We keep this tradition every year, we have more than 100 people who want to participate, and it’s our culture to go and do what we need to do and witness Jesus die on the cross,” Procession organizer Nielda Resto said.

Hundreds of men, women and children followed the procession through Springfield’s North end neighborhood.

22News spoke with David Garib about having the honor of playing the role of Jesus in the procession.

“It felt like a blessing, he came to me so I felt like God chose me to portray Jesus and his passion, Garib said. “So I feel blessed that I was chosen. I might be a little nervous but I know everything will go well today.”

Coordinator Nielda Resto told 22News she hopes the young people in the procession carry on the tradition for many years to come.

“Every time I do this it’s a pleasure because you get to know how God was crucified and everything and you imagine it and see how it was instead of reading about it in a book or the Bible,” Nelson Rojas, of Springfield, said.

The church will be offering Spanish masses on Easter Sunday morning at 9:15, 10:45 and 12:15.

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