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Hagerstown Church Community Celebrates Good Friday with Annual Cross Walk

"We'll be circling the lake with ten stations of the cross and at each station there's some mediation on some aspect of Christ's last walk before this death," said retired pastor Ed Polling, Hagerstown Church of the Brethren.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- Since 2007, the Hagerstown church community has come together for the Good Friday Cross Walk.

This year, Hagerstown City Park was filled with song, prayer and many footsteps community members gathered to walk around the lake as they remembered and honored Christ's last walk before the upcoming Easter holiday.

"We'll be circling the lake with ten stations of the cross and at each station there's some mediation on some aspect of Christ's last walk before this death," said retired pastor Ed Polling, Hagerstown Church of the Brethren.

Before heading to the next spot, a new person picks up the cross and carry it to the next destination.

"Each one has a different theme, each spot. So there's a mediation, a scripture, a prayer and a song that goes with each one of them," said Polling.

"And we look for an appropriate scripture passage for any one of the four gospels," said Angie Scheerer, member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

The annual walk is sponsored by the Hagerstown Area Religious Council. Organizers said it's a way to spread awareness about religious story of Easter to the community. 

"I think our religious holidays have become more commercial and you know that's ok but the danger is that the commercial side will overpower the real reason for the holiday," said Scheerer.

Last year, the group moved the walk from downtown to City Park and they said it's doubled attendance.

"Often times these are indoors and it's good for the congregation to do that mediate," said Polling. "But we wanted a public witness to kind of remind the community this is Good Friday. This is the anniversary our remembrance of Christ's suffering and death, and what that means for us and the world."

More than 100 people attended this year's Good Friday Cross Walk in City Park.

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