This year, Good Friday was a better Friday.
Certainly better than last year, when the early days of the coronavirus pandemic shut down many Holy Week activities and traditions, including the annual interfaith Procession of the Cross through downtown Salt Lake City.
This year, though, with vaccinations rising and COVID-19 cases falling, warm temperatures and new hope filled the air as mask-wearing Utah Christians once again took to the streets and symbolically retraced Jesus’ steps to Golgotha, with participants taking turns bearing the cross.
The caravan — a pre-Easter staple since 1983 — started at the majestic Cathedral of the Madeleine before proceeding down South Temple to the stately First Presbyterian Church, followed by stops at the Crossroads Food Pantry and the historic First United Methodist Church.
The procession concluded at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, where collections were taken for Crossroads.
At each location, hymns were to be sung, scriptures shared and prayers offered.