St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church will be holding its “Stations of the Cross” this Friday beginning at 2 p.m. The community is encouraged to participate.
The church has been holding the event on Good Friday for the last several years. Event organizer Steve Groves says it has been well received by the public.
“People who were not Episcopalian showed up last year to walk,” Groves said. “I think the walk has been very well received. We get a lot of gapping mouths from motorists who pass who don’t understand what we are doing, but that’s to be expected.”
Stations of the Cross is to literally walk the walk taken by Jesus Christ during his crucifixion. There will be 14 stations that represent the 14 stops Jesus made along the way. Prayers will be made at each stop.
Everyone is encouraged to walk along with the group and share in the experience.
“Hopefully, people take away a sense of what Jesus did for us in his final act,” said Groves. “Good Friday is not a day of revelry. It is a day of penitence.”
The walk will begin at the front door of McMinnville Civic Center at 2 p.m. and end at St. Matthew’s at about 3:30 p.m. Transportation will be given to those who take the walk with the group but cannot walk back.
If it is raining on Friday, the walk will be canceled and participants will meet at the church for an indoor gathering.