Good Friday procession winds through Salt Lake City


Published: March 30, 2013 11:05AM
Updated: April 18, 2014 07:24PM
Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune Alex Bury, of Sunset, carries a wooden cross from the Cathedral of the Madeleine to First Presbyterian Church during the Good Friday Procession of the Cross Friday March 29, 2013. Since 1983, the Salt Lake Council of Churches has sponsored this annual procession, which is similar to the tradition of the "Via Dolorosa" (Way of Suffering), where pilgrims to Jerusalem follow the path Jesus took to the cross.

A crowd of Christian pastors, priests and parishioners walked somberly together around downtown Salt Lake City streets on Good Friday while singing hymns and taking turns carrying a giant wooden cross in a symbolic re-enactment of Jesus’ path to crucifixion.

The ritual, known as the Good Friday Procession of the Cross, has been a tradition in Utah for three decades. It unites believers from a variety of Christian denominations.

The procession started Friday at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, then moved to First Presbyterian Church, Crossroads Urban Center, Central Christian Church and First United Methodist Church. It ended at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. Various pastors offered prayers, recited scriptures and gave short sermons at spots along the way.