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Stations of the Cross Reenacted on City Streets

St. Mary's prepares for Easter with annual service on Good Friday.

Jesus trudged bloodied and bearing a cross through the streets of Long Beach on Good Friday. That means St. Mary of the Isle Church held their annual Stations of the Cross service.

The service commences at the church, with Jesus condemned to death representing the first of 15 stations. Congregant David Echeverria, 37, played Jesus, wearing a crown of thorns and carrying a cross from the church onto East Park Avenue and Monroe Boulevard. The congregation followed Echeverria through East Olive Street, Riverside Boulevard and back to the church.

Along the way, Jesus is whipped and falls three times, reenacting the third, and seventh and ninth stations. Back at the church, Echeverria, who moved to Long Beach from Guatemala 15 years ago and has played Jesus in eight prior services, went through the final stations, including Jesus’ death on the cross.

In church traditions Easter celebrations begin with three holy days, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, prior to Easter Sunday. Special masses and celebrations commence through the four days, and each church highlights something in particular for their parish. This seven-week season of the church commences with Lent, a 40 day preparatory time for Easter when the faithful repentant and fast for their sins.

* Tennille-Lynn Milo contributed to this story.

Eddie April 06, 2012 at 08:29 PM
A wonderful Long Beach tradition! Thanks, Joe, for the great story and photos!
Hernando Hoyos April 07, 2012 at 01:10 AM
thanks Joe, God Bless You
Mike L. Fakin April 08, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Did the LB Republicans crucify Jesus? It was Sofield and Hennesy's fault! They were political friends of Barabas, and they used patronage and nepotism to make sure Barabas was pardoned while Jesus was sent to the cross.....DAMN REPUBLICANS!
George W. Plunkett April 08, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Since you asked, neither of the Catholic churches in Long Beach own residential property rented to others. St. Ignatius owns their convent which is attached to the Church and houses the pastor, a priest and monsignor. Two buildings on Walnut Street across from the church are owned by the Dominican order of nuns and house retired religious. A vacant lot behind those houses on Beech is owned by the Church also. St. Mary's parish, which is featured in this article, owns its rectory, where the pastor lives part time and the two vacant lots next to the church building. Tax exempt rental houses that I know of which are illegally rented to Section 8 or businesses are owned by Mesivta of Long Beach. City records show 15 tax exempt parcels owned by them. The Democrats have long closed their eyes to this abuse and we can't explain why. There are other single properties owned by rabbis used for religious purposes and mosques that operate independent orders, but I know of none that are rented for profit other than the Mestiva buildings.

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