As of Friday, March 29, 2013
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St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church parishioner Rene Lara carries a cross as he portrays Jesus in the church’s Spanish-language “Living Stations of the Cross” Friday.
JONESBORO “Jesus” looked to the heavens as he hung from a cross behind St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church Friday and asked “Why?”
The messiah — who was being played by parishioner Rene Lara — wanted to know why God had forsaken him. It was the capstone moment in the church’s annual Good Friday “Living Stations of the Cross” re-enactment.
The two and a half hour event, which was conducted entirely in Spanish, drew hundreds of people who followed Lara around the church property as he first walked with his apostles, gave them communion at the Last Supper, was arrested, tried and forced to carry his cross to his faux crucifixion.
Dozens of parishioners played other parts in the story of Jesus’ death, including the 12 apostles, Judas, Roman guards, Jewish priests, a crowd of women, Pontius Pilate, Barabbas, the Virgin Mary, Veronica and Simon of Cyrene.
The Stations of the Cross is an annual rite Catholics go through on Good Friday as they prepare for Easter Sunday. The “Living Stations of the Cross” is merely St. Philip Benizi’s take on the tradition.