Hundreds of Houstonians celebrated Good Friday by taking part in the "Way of the Cross." The solemn procession started from the University of St. Thomas Chapel and ended at the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral in downtown Houston.
The event is a symbolic re-enactment of the walk Jesus took on his way to crucifixion. One large cross lead the way as individuals and families followed quietly behind.
"It's a good way to exercise our faith by actively doing something," said Maria Meza holding her 1 year old daughter Zoey. They were waiting for the walk to begin with dozens of others outside the very crowded Chapel of St. Basil Friday. The chapel was standing-room-only for the service that that took place before hand.
"I think it's kind of walking in His footsteps. Maybe not in the same way He did it, but making a small sacrifice," Meza said.
Others had a more personal reason for taking part.
"My mother died a few weeks ago," explained Marion Fernandez-Cueto. She and her husband brought their two toddlers along for the walk. "In a special way, I'm here to give those sufferings to Christ and know that He suffers with us and loves us."
The walk covers at least two miles, making stops for prayer along the way to the Co-Cathedral. The group planned stops at Holy Rosary Church and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, where more participants were expected to join the procession.
Once the cross arrived at the Co-Cathedral, it was blessed by the Reverend Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza.
The "Way of the Cross" is considered one of the most visual and public displays of devotion to Jesus in the Christian faith.