SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield’s mostly Hispanic Blessed Sacrament Church once again began its Good Friday with a re-enactment of Christ’s Way of the Cross.
It’s a tradition steeped in reverence, beginning with the trial; Jesus condemned, and the procession to Calvary; all carefully enacted with deep reverence by members of Blessed Sacrament Church in Springfield.
They told 22News they’ll always remember the roles they played in this greatest story ever told.
“It’s an honor, I never expected to be chosen,” said Jorge Garcia, who portrayed Jesus. “I feel like it was God that chose me to do what I’m doing right now. I’m feeling blessed, I’m feeling that I’m out there to try to demonstrate to others what Christ has done for us and our salvation.”
Hundreds of Blessed Sacrament parishioners followed the procession through north Main Street and then back to the church. This recreation is very meaningful for the faithful.
Jeimo Pozo said, “It’s important to me because to be able to remember what actually happened; why Jesus gave his life for us.”
The procession never fails to stir emotions and deep religious feelings. Veteran observers described the size of the procession as among the largest they could remember.