Good Friday prayer walk participants brave the cold

Third annual Stations of the Cross involves dozens of congregants from seven denominations

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (April 19, 2019) – The drastic drop in temperatures did not deter nearly 200 people from participating in this year’s Good Friday Stations of the Cross prayer walk. Bundled in winter coats against the 30-mile-an-hour winds, most of the congregants and the curious gathered at noon in the parking lot of St. Ann Catholic Church, while others joined the throng as it passed their homes along Ridge Road.

The third annual Good Friday prayer walk was led by seven Lansing ministers: Pastor Jonathan Vitale of Lansing Assembly of God, Fr. Mark Kalema of St. Ann Catholic Parish, Pastor Leroy Childress of Grace Church, Pastor LeVar Young of Increasing Faith Ministries, Rev. Mike Eberly of Cornerstone Church, Pastor David Price of First United Methodist Church, and Rev. John Holyer of Trinity Lutheran Church. The ministers took turns reading the prayers and Scriptures that were printed in the program, using a megaphone provided by the Village of Lansing.

From left: Pastor Jonathan Vitale of Lansing Assembly of God, Fr. Mark Kalema of St. Ann Catholic Parish, Pastor Leroy Childress of Grace Church, Pastor LeVar Young of Increasing Faith Ministries, Rev. Mike Eberly of Cornerstone Church, Pastor David Price of First United Methodist Church, and Rev. John Holyer of Trinity Lutheran Church. (Photo: Megan Roe)

Following a large wooden cross, and escorted by Lansing police, the crowd walked south on Chicago Avenue to Ridge Road, stopping to observe the first station just as azure sky began to appear through the clouds. At 14 points between St. Ann and Trinity Lutheran Church, a Scripture was read conveying one of the milestones of the Biblical Holy Week story. The minister concluded the reading with a one-sentence prayer, and the crowd responded with, “Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.”

Participants stop on Chicago Avenue to observe the first Station of the Cross. (Photo: Dan Bovino)
Both the Lansing Police Department and Lansing Public Works help shepherd the flock along Ridge Road. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
On Glen Terrace, the cross stops again, near the end of the prayer walk. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The 14th station, on the lawn of Trinity Lutheran Church, acknowledged Jesus’ placement in the tomb, after which the prayer walk participants were invited into the sanctuary for a penitential service.

Participants gather on the lawn of Trinity Lutheran Church while Rev. Holyer (center) performs the reading for the 14th station. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The cross points to Trinity’s entrance, and all are invited to end the Good Friday observance with a short penitential worship service. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Inside the Trinity Lutheran Church sanctuary, worshippers kneel for prayer. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Sunlight through the stained glass blesses the congregants. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Rev. Holyer (center) conducts the service from the foot of the cross. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
By service end, the skies were bright, though blustery winds kept a chill in the air. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Departing the church building, parishioners walked back to the St. Ann parking lot or to their own homes. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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2 thoughts on “Good Friday prayer walk participants brave the cold”

  1. What a joy to worship with Christians of various ‘flavors.’ It was such a blessing to have these pastors demonstrate the unity we have in Christ.

  2. Thank you for the wonderful article on the Cross Walk and the pictures . Outstanding work. This shows how we can all unite as “one”.

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