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La Vina residents stage crucifixion of Jesus Christ

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A horde of followers crowded around a man dragging a cross, 11 others scorned and pretended to whip him and three women cried as they walked through the streets of La Vina on Friday.

The procession included 14 stops where people prayed and the story of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was narrated. The stations of the cross were organized by resident Maria de Jesus Cuevas and other parishioners of St. Joachim Catholic Church.

It was held during Good Friday, which is the day Christians believe Jesus Christ was executed only to rise from the dead days later on Easter Sunday. The faithful consider Good Friday a day of mourning and observe it through prayer or by attending religious services or related events.

More than 200 people set off from Avenue 9, near Road 24. They made their way through the streets and into driveways and front lawns. Before each home, residents prayed, read Bible excerpts and acted out the story. Throughout the trek, a multitude of voices sang, begging for forgiveness and praising Jesus Christ. Having donned red and golden uniforms, the men who played Roman soldiers yelled at the crowd and made fun of a weak and injured Jesus...


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