Members of St. Joseph Vietnamese Catholic Church marked Good Friday by re-tracing Jesus’ arduous path to Calvary with the Stations of the Cross.
The outdoor life-size statues of Jesus, Roman soldiers and the women who supported Jesus on the day of his death are among the features that distinguish the 11-year-old Charlotte church. Most Catholic churches depict Jesus’ Passion on plaques or pictures adorning their inside walls.
The 14 Stations of the Cross begin with Pilate condemning Jesus to death and end with his lifeless body being laid in the sepulcher, or tomb. Moving to each in succession, devotees pray along the way, contemplating what Christians believe is Jesus' willingness to die to save humanity from its sins. On Easter this Sunday, Catholics and Protestants will celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.Tim Funk