Remembering the Way of the Cross
Dioceses perform live reenactments of the Stations of the Cross
The Way of the Cross is a devotion that honors Christ’s final journey of His earthly life. It is based on the 14 significant events of His crucifixion — the Stations of the Cross — beginning with His sentencing, continuing with His carrying the cross through Jerusalem and ending with His burial.
Every year on Good Friday, Catholic communities throughout the world reenact the Way of the Cross with live performances of the story. It is a powerful reminder of Christ’s suffering and sacrifice for us.
In the Diocese of Fresno, California, several parishes stage their own versions of Living Stations of the Cross with colorful costumes, long processions and large crowds of pilgrims and onlookers.
This tradition is strong in two towns, Kingsburg and Easton, both of which have significant migrant populations.
The procession in Easton, shown here, has more than 400 participants, many of whom are day laborers who must sacrifice their daily wages to attend.
The Hispanic ministry coordinator for the Diocese of Fresno, Brenda Noriega — whose salary Catholic Extension funds — works with faith communities throughout the diocese, including Kingsburg and Easton, to support these annual processions and to strengthen migrants’ connection to the Church. Click the button below to support the work of lay leaders like Brenda.