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Good Friday Morning Prayer at Holy Cross Immaculata / St. Teresa of Avila

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Cincinnati OH- Good Friday dawned with temperatures in the low 60’s as hundreds of people lined up for the annual pilgrimage of the Blessed Steps at Holy Immaculata Church in Mount Adams.

Pre Dawn Praying the Steps at Holy Cross Immaculata. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
Pre Dawn Praying the Steps at Holy Cross Immaculata. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
By 6:45 a.m. large crowds were awaiting to ascend the sacred steps at Holy Cross Immaculata (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
By 6:45 a.m. large crowds were awaiting to ascend the sacred steps at Holy Cross Immaculata (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)

When it was morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.

Looking westward from Holy Cross Immaculata Good Friday 2017 (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
Looking westward from Holy Cross Immaculata Good Friday 2017 (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
Year after year Pilgrims gather at Holy Cross Immaculata praying the steps on Good Friday. (Greg Hartman CT/Photo)
Year after year Pilgrims gather at Holy Cross Immaculata praying the steps on Good Friday. (Greg Hartman CT/Photo)

In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn form on high shall break upon us to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. 

Looking eastward Good Friday Morning 2017 from Holy Cross Immaculata. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
Looking eastward Good Friday Morning 2017 from Holy Cross Immaculata. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
The first rays of light cast on the purple of lent and the white of the resurrection. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
The first rays of light cast on the purple of lent and the white of the resurrection. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)

A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him.

In the quiet of Good Friday Morning, only the birds broke through the silence of the pilgrims praying. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
In the quiet of Good Friday Morning, only the birds broke through the silence of the pilgrims praying. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
Pilgrims from many places ascend to the summit at Holy Cross Immaculata. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
Pilgrims from many places ascend to the summit at Holy Cross Immaculata. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)

“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? which is translated, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.

A family prays at the foot of the outdoor cross at Holy Cross Immaculata. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
A family prays at the foot of the outdoor cross at Holy Cross Immaculata. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
In the darkest hour when our Saviour was crucified, pilgrims pierce the darkness with votive candles. (Greg Hartman CT/Photo)
In the darkest hour when our Saviour was crucified, pilgrims pierce the darkness with votive candles. (Greg Hartman CT/Photo)
After the climb, the faithful sit and pray in silence inside Holy Cross Immaculata Church. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
After the climb, the faithful sit and pray in silence inside Holy Cross Immaculata Church. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
As one walks away from a prayerful morning, Holy Cross Immaculata Church in the distance. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
As one walks away from a prayerful morning, Holy Cross Immaculata Church in the distance. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)

Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness. In your compassion blot out my offense. O wash me more and more from guilt and cleanse me from my sin.

St. Teresa Avila Bell Tower on Good Friday Morning. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
St. Teresa Avila Bell Tower on Good Friday Morning. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
Morning Prayer at St. Teresa Avila in Cincinnati. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
Morning Prayer at St. Teresa Avila in Cincinnati. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)

We worship your cross, O Lord, and we praise and glorify your holy resurrection, for the wood of the cross has brought joy to the world.

An outside cross at St. Teresa Avila in Cincinnati. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
An outside cross at St. Teresa Avila in Cincinnati. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
Life springs anew on Good Friday 2017 at St. Teresa of Avila. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)
Life springs anew on Good Friday 2017 at St. Teresa of Avila. (Greg Hartman/CT Photo)

 

 

 

 

 

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