On Friday, April 7, parishioners of St. Francis de Sales gathered on the boardwalk for a recreation of the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.
In Christian religions, Good Friday commemorates the day Jesus Christ was crucified. The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. St. Francis de Sales reenacts the Stations in the church and in the St. Francis Prayer Garden, but on Friday afternoon, they also held a service on the boardwalk starting at Beach 126th Street.
Hundreds of parishioners joined in the service given by SFDS pastors Father Jim and Father Bill. The procession was led by altar servers from the church who carried the cross along the way. The procession paused 14 times to mark each of the stations with a prayer and song.
Photos by Katie McFadden.