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Jesus' walk to Calvary reenacted in Nashua

Union Leader Correspondent

March 27. 2013 5:47PM
Erik Ruiz, who portrayed Jesus Christ, leads the procession during Friday's Viacrucis (Spanish for Way of the Cross) in Nashua. After a brief service at St. Lous de Gonzague-St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, parishoners reenacted Christ's walk to Calvary and crucifixion. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

NASHUA - On Good Friday, St. Aloysius of Gonzaga Parish will once again host hundreds of Catholics for its annual re-enactment of Jesus' walk to Calvary and his crucifixion.

A group of parishioners will reenact the Via Crucis (Spanish for "Way of the Cross") inside the church and then follow the popular Hispanic tradition of taking the Stations of the Cross to the streets.

The bilingual event will begin at noon at the church on West Hollis Street, and the public is invited to attend.

"We do this every single year on Good Friday. We take our message through the neighborhood to help others remember the crucifixion and God's love," said the Rev. Marcos Gonzalez-Torres.

It is important to remember that Jesus Christ is still working and doing miracles every day, according to Gonzalez-Torres, who said that despite all of the sadness and struggles in the world, there is still good among us.

"Jesus Christ is still doing wonderful things and helping people. This procession is to remind others that we are called to follow, and that we have put aside our own plans to try to follow God's will," he said.

The church is hoping for a good turnout on Friday, but Gonzalez-Torres said he will preach the goodness to anyone who comes to listen.

Holy Thursday marks the beginning of the most sacred period in the church year known as the Triduum (Latin for "three days") when many Catholics celebrate the Mass of the Last Supper. The ritual is followed by Good Friday and reaches its highest point during the Easter Vigil.

The Good Friday service at St. Aloysius has become a tradition for many Nashua families, according to Gonzalez-Torres, who says it is the ideal time to give thanks.

"We have a God that loves us so much, and he gave everything for us. He took all of our fears and sinfulness," he said. "The Lord suffered so much just for us."

A parishioner will portray Jesus, and will lead the procession around the neighborhood carrying a large wooden cross and wearing a crown of thorns for all to witness.

During last year's service, Gonzalez-Torres encouraged those in attendance to embrace Jesus' strength, which was so evident when he walked to Calvary, was nailed on the cross and died for our sins.

"Today, we are here to remember the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ and to acknowledge our blessings through his death and resurrection," he said at the time.

This week, the reverend encouraged anyone who is interested to attend Friday's service, participate in the walk and celebrate that God is still with us. The event begins at noon on Friday at St. Aloysius of Gonzaga Parish, 48 W. Hollis St. in Nashua.

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