‘Via Crucis’ From Milam Park to Main Plaza

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Hundreds gathered in Milam Park this Good Friday morning to start off the Easter weekend with The Passion of Jesus, the reenactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, a San Antonio tradition common in predominately Catholic European countries, but performed in few U.S. cities.

The downtown park was temporarily transported from modern day San Antonio to biblical Jerusalem – full of outraged townspeople and sarcastic, cackling Roman soldiers. Spectators followed a bloodied Jesus reenactor through closed-off streets to Main Plaza, while soldiers lashed him with a cat o’ nine tails whip and acted out biblical stories along the way.

The event was organized by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller and other clergymen. Between those that followed the actor portraying Jesus Christ on his slow walk and those that awaited his arrival, nearly 1,000 people attended the event.

“The cross has been a symbol we place in our churches, on our tombstones, on the walls of our homes,” García-Siller said to the crowd. “The cross that was once a horrifying symbol of shame and death was changed by the lord Jesus into the tree of life.

“We are not ashamed of the cross of Jesus as a sign that identifies us, even when the world does not understand.”

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  1. I have a home in two places, San Antonio and San Francisco … and I am happy this will be a major part of the Easter pagentry in San Francisco this weekend (it has been for 37 yeras), as The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc. raise thousands of dollars for charities that help the poor and the sick and the needy … they started in 1977 and are now international, with a chapter in The San Antonio Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence …http://hoodline.com/2015/04/hallelujah-it-s-easter-weekend-in-the-castro

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