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Kelowna Christians Walk the Cross through city’s downtown

Friday, April 2nd, 2010 | 2:35 pm

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Kelowna Christians marked easter with a walk of the cross.

By Kathy Michaels

Parishioners of several local churches took to the streets together this afternoon for their annual Walk the Cross event.

Bundled in scarves and toques to deal with blustery conditions, dozens marched behind a large cross, the symbol of the crucifixion of Jesus.

The Good Friday event is organized by a Christian organization, Kairos Canada, and at least five local churches took part. Today’s march started at the United Church and finished at the Boys and Girls Club, and was punctuated by stops at several community organizations.

“This event is about raising those who carry the cross on a daily basis,” said Rev. Tyler Gingrich, of the All Saints Lutheran church.”It’s about those who are carrying the burdens of society.”

To reflect that mandate they made time for prayer and speech at organizations where the burdens of the community are felt most heavily —  the Gospel Mission, the Drop In Centre, which closed today, and the Chamber of Commerce, where the city’s economic struggles were highlighted.

Today’s march had a modest showing, but this weekend is viewed among Christians worldwide as the holiest of occasions as it commemorates the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus, the basis of their faith.

Graphic photos of repentant followers tied to crosses across the globe can be found in numerous daily news sources, and in some cities the procession and re-enactment of the crucifixion — usually at 3 p.m. — drew out thousands.

Predominantly Catholic nations celebrate the day with the most fervor and in several South American countries and the Philippines,  locals are literally nailed onto a cross through wounds they’ve maintained for years.

While an outpouring of such magnitude won’t be seen on local streets, churches will hold Easter Sunday events throughout the city. Get there early to find good parking.

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3 Responses to “Kelowna Christians Walk the Cross through city’s downtown”

  1. John P says:
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    Where were they when the Kelowna Drop in Centre closed down ????

  2. Missmeyet? says:
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    Where were you?

  3. HeHasRaisin says:
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    Happy Zombie Jesus Day! Enjoy your death cult celebrations.
    Just don’t knock on my door or you’ll get the ‘double tap’.

    Please continue discussion on the forum: link

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