Journey of Jesus portrayed

By Staff
LEADING THE WALK – Judge Robbie Robinson, Greg Webb, Virginia Coleman, Allison Webb and Sarah Vining lead the walk between First Baptist Church and St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Photo by Carisa McCain / The Meridian Star
By Ida Brown / religion editor
March 30, 2002
Despite overcast skies and only sporadic penetration of the sun's rays, heads and hearts were lifted as residents commanded the streets of downtown Meridian shortly after noon Friday.
As they made their journey on foot, in wheelchairs and strollers and even vans some sang and whispered silent prayers, while others simply enjoyed the fellowship of one another.
Kendricks and Wilson were among hundreds of area residents participating in Good Friday's Way of the Cross, Way of Peace, a re-enactment journey reminiscent of Jesus' way to the cross.
As in previous years, the annual Good Friday ecumenical witness of faith drew people of all races, ages and faiths. And while the spirit and enthusiasm of the group continued to be steadfast, the number of people participating diminished.
In previous years, the walk has attracted thousands of walkers; even last year's re-enactment, which was accompanied by rain, included more than 2,000 walkers.
While the estimates differed from 800 to just under 2,000 it was evident that participation had decreased. It was especially surprising because of the milestone fifth year of the walk and the patriotic emphasis in observance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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