St. John’s in Center City marks Good Friday with ‘Via Crucis’

 In the opening procession of “Via Crucis”, Jesus, portrayed by Marc Newsome, Mary, portrayed by Melanie Ashe, an the Weeping Women played by Miranda Pilate and Megan Short walk down the center aisle of St. John the Evangelist Church.   (Jonathan Wilson for WHYY)

In the opening procession of “Via Crucis”, Jesus, portrayed by Marc Newsome, Mary, portrayed by Melanie Ashe, an the Weeping Women played by Miranda Pilate and Megan Short walk down the center aisle of St. John the Evangelist Church. (Jonathan Wilson for WHYY)

St. John the Evangelist parish observed Good Friday by staging “Via Crucis,” a musical score from Franz Liszt depicting the Stations of the Cross.

Performers under the direction of Annette DiMedio acted out the final sufferings of Jesus, leading up to his crucifixion.

Some parishes choose to act out the the 14 Stations of the Cross through the streets. This performance worked its way up the aisle and to the area around the altar in the ornate Center City parish.

Performers used movement and music to tell the story, portraying Jesus, Mary, the disciples and Roman soldiers.

Good Friday is a day of fasting and reflection as Christians prepare to celebrate Easter two days later.

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