Via Crusis, or The Way of the Cross, Celebrated on Good Friday in Pilsen

An annual tradition taking place in Pilsen this Good Friday…the Via Crusis, or Way of the Cross.

It’s a powerful sight — and has been taking place since 1977 on Chicago’s southwest side. Thousands of Catholics travel to Pilsen to partake in the ceremony that happens two days before Easter.

It started just before 10am with a re-enactment of the Last Supper at the Providence of God church. 

Marchers moved down 18th street pausing to portray events from the stations of the cross.

Crosses dressed in throne crowns and purple shrouds lined the path.

The procession ended at Harrison Park with the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

But overall a very emotional way to commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ leading up to the Easter holiday.

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