WESTFIELD - The Stations of the Cross is usually held in a church as parishioners walk around the church reflecting at each station. For the church community of Westfield, there was a new twist in the Stations of the Cross.
The Westfield Ministerium, a collection of churches, came together to celebrate the Stations of the Cross Friday afternoon by presenting "The Way of the Cross." The annual event has been held in the village for the past 15 years. Pastor Matt Golibersuch of the Westfield First United Methodist Church said the event is successful in bringing all different denominations together.
"It brings all the churches together. We all have different focuses and we each bring something different," he said.
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Pastor Matt Golibersuch of the First United Methodist Church in Westfield (right) speaks during “The Way of the Cross” on Good Friday in the village of Westfield. The annual event has been held the past 15 years.
About 40 people gathered in Moore Park to start with the First Station. Each station after was either at a different intersection or a church throughout the village. The final station and conclusion of the event was held in Moore Park. At each stop, those participating reflected through prayer on the 14 stations. Walking between destinations, participants took turns carrying a cross to simulate Jesus' last journey.
Since Easter was earlier in the year, many were wearing hats and winter coats, compared to last year which was warmer.
"Last year was beautiful weather," David Herr, pastor of Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, said.
While there was not as many who braved colder temperatures this year, Golibersuch said the event is sentimental to those in attendance.
"For people here, it means a lot of things to them," he said.
In addition to Golibersuch and Herr, Virginia Carr of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Stephen Morse of the First Presbyterian Church, Vinny Sanzo of the Lakeshore Assembly of God, Chad Heim of the First Baptist Church and Mike June of St. Dominic's all helped with the event.
"(The event) is merging of traditions and we're all coming together to do it," Golibersuch said.
Stops included the First United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, St. Dominic's and Lighthouse Christian Fellowship. Stops in between the churches were the intersections of Elm and East Main streets; Union and East Main streets; East Main Street and McDonald's; Franklin and Clinton streets; Franklin and Washington streets; Washington and North Portage streets; and North Portage and Main streets. The Ministerium will once again come together on May 2 at 7 p.m. at Eason Hall for a prayer observance.
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