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Stations of the Cross Walk returning to Parkersburg

Marlene Dent, of Parkersburg, carries the cross during the 2018 Stations of The Cross Good Friday walk. The walk, canceled because of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, returns on April 15. (File Photo)

PARKERSBURG — The Good Friday Stations of the Cross Walk will return on Good Friday after cancellations because of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021.

The interfaith walk will be begin at noon April 15 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 532 Market St. This is the first time the event has been held since 2019 due to imposed health restrictions on large gatherings.

Organizers are hoping for a record number of participants. All are invited to attend.

The Stations of the Cross depict and remember the 14 significant scenes from Jesus’ walk to Calvary where he was crucified and died. At each church the program includes scripture readings, participant responses and meditation.

The stations are prayed throughout the year, but are especially significant during Lent and on Good Friday, which marks the death of Jesus.

After the stations are prayed at each church, a cross is taken from the altar and carried to the next church with the pilgrims solemnly walking behind it.

Participating churches are:

* St. Francis Xaviar.

* St. Patrick’s Priory.

* St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

* First United Methodist Church.

* Logan Memorial Church.

* Trinity Episcopal Church.

* The Salvation Army.

The churches have a long history of service to the community.

First United Methodist was the first church to be organized in Wood County, established in 1799.

St. Francis was established in 1853 and the current building erected in 1869.

Trinity Episcopal was organized in 1843.

Logan Memorial was the first African-American faith community in Parkersburg and constructed in 1892.

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