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Christians mark Good Friday with reenactment of Christ's crucifixion in Bethlehem

Published On: Apr 18 2014 02:38:59 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 18 2014 04:25:17 PM CDT

For most Christians, this is the most important week of the year.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

For most Christians, this is the most important week of the year -- a time to remember the gospel account of the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It's the most solemn day in the Christian calendar.

"Good Friday is the culmination of Holy Week, all the way up to the point where Jesus Christ was put onto the cross and crucified," explained Rev. Jeffrey Bauer, Christ Church UCC in Bethlehem.

For the last 45 years, the church's parishioners have reenacted the carrying of the cross.  Youth members march roughly three miles through the heart of the city, spreading a message to the public as they pass.

"It gives them an opportunity to participate in outreach to our communities," shared Bauer. "But it also brings the message to their minds. It makes it real for them. It makes it real for all of us."

"As we walk by, there's people standing outside who watch it," added parishioner Kelly Quayle. "So, I think it's good for people to see it."

Christians believe after Jesus was crucified, he was buried, and on Easter he rose from the dead.  Nathan Mills portrayed Jesus at this year's procession.

"This is my first time being Jesus, and I think I learned a little bit and really appreciate what he had to go through," he said.