WESTFIELD - More than 2,000 years ago Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for our sins.
On Good Friday for the past 15 years, the village of Westfield has held a non-denominational Christian gathering in Moore Park to commemorate Jesus' sacrifice.
Lighthouse Fellowship Pastor Dave Herr and many others lead the people to many churches, corners, and other businesses as different people carry the cross from one station to the next.
Children help an elderly man carry the cross across the park to the next station at the annual Way of the Cross Good Friday event held in Westfield’s Moore Park.
Former England resident Ian Caisley now lives in Westfield with his family. He read the ninth station in front of the Mason Funeral Home.
Westfield resident Elliott Deleon has been helping to carry the cross ever since the event started. He is more than happy to do it.
First United Methodist Church Pastor Matt Golibersuch reads the final prayer as St. Dominic parishioner Mike June holds up the cross in Moore Park.
"We are grateful to be reminded of what our Lord walked through," he said. "There will be an opportunity for anyone to carry the cross if you want to."
The Rev. Dana Vaughn, of the First Presbyterian Church, mentioned she moved here two months ago from Virginia. The second station reading was given at her church.
"This is my first Way of the Cross walk," she said.
The Westfield Ministerium put this event together. First United Methodist Church Pastor Matt Golibersuch loves the fact this event brings people from different churches together as a group.
"It is nice to get everyone to rise above their difference and come together," he said. "It is pretty much everybody (that gets involved every year)."
Westfield resident Elliott Deleon enjoys doing this every year.
"This brings the community closer," he said. "There is hope of freedom because of the cross and belief in what happened long ago at Calvary."
Deleon attends the New Life Worship Center in Ripley, but never misses the walk in Westfield. He has always carried the cross.
"The cross gave us recognition of Jesus being alive and set us free from bondage of sin and death," he said "The reason we know He lives within us is because of what He did for us."
He did the fourth station reading in front of the Main Street Diner.
Terrie Caisley watched as her husband Ian Caisley gave the ninth reading in front of Mason Funeral Home. She is a 15-year resident of Westfield and attends as many of these walks as she can.
"We are citizens of the world the way it is these days," she said.
Terrie explained she has traveled all over with her husband and lived in several different places.
Tom Troccoli carried the cross more than once from station to station.
"There is a lesson to be learned here physically carrying the cross," he said. "It adds a little extra meaning to it. It isn't heavy but it is cumbersome."
Troccoli added this is his first time coming to the Way of the Cross.
"Hopefully it won't be my last time," he said. "I am glad it was great weather but even if it was snowing I would've come. I wouldn't have missed this for anything in the world."
"I am just a regular guy," he continued. "It is great to be part of this community."
Golibersuch gave the concluding prayer.
"Thank you all for coming today; let the narrative take hold of us and remember what Jesus did," he said. "The greatest news of all comes Easter Day; Jesus has risen."
St. Dominic parishioner Mike June had the honor of carrying the cross to the last station. He has been doing this since it started.
"It is a good reminder of what God did for us," he said. "I always help in carrying the cross."
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