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Traditions: Good Friday in Mt. Adams at Holy Cross Immaculata

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After midnight, hundreds of the faithful began praying the steps at Holy Cross Immaculata Church in Mt. Adams. A tradition dating back to the 1800’s, this year participants, along with rosaries and prayer books, were clothed in rain gear.

The first part of praying the steps is on Riverside Drive, where many begin their ascent in prayer. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
The first part of praying the steps is on Riverside Drive, where many begin their ascent in prayer. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
From the first entry to Praying the Steps to a steep ascent to Holy Cross Immaculata, rain or shine the faithful are there. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
From the first entry to Praying the Steps to a steep ascent to Holy Cross Immaculata, rain or shine the faithful are there. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
The final ascent begins off St. Gregory Street in Mt. Adams. This year umbrellas were a must for the journey. (CT Photo/Greg Hartrman)
The final ascent begins off St. Gregory Street in Mt. Adams. This year umbrellas were a must for the journey. (CT Photo/Greg Hartrman)
A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Luke 23: 27 (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Luke 23: 27 (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull), MT 27: 33 (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull), MT 27: 33 (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Three tents were set up for confession at Holy Cross Immaculata Church. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Three tents were set up for confession at Holy Cross Immaculata Church. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
This year, Holy Cross Immaculata gave respite to the cold and the rain (CT Photo/Greg Hartman
This year, Holy Cross Immaculata gave respite to the cold and the rain (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)

Holy Cross Immaculata Good Friday Meditaion

Rosaries awaited pilgrims as they entered Holy Cross Immaculata on Good Friday (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Rosaries awaited pilgrims as they entered Holy Cross Immaculata on Good Friday (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian,* who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. MK 15: 21 (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian,* who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. MK 15: 21 (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Rain didn't deter the faithful Good Friday morning (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Rain didn’t deter the faithful Good Friday morning (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. MK 15: 33, 37 (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)

A pilgrim’s view from Holy Cross Immaculata Church on Good Friday

When Jesus saw his mother* and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. JN 19: 26-27 (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
When Jesus saw his mother* and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. JN 19: 26-27 (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Upon entering the church, pilgrims left lit candles inn the sanctuary (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Upon entering the church, pilgrims left lit candles inn the sanctuary (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
As pilgrims exited the church, a stain glass of an Easter Lily gives the great hope of the resurrection. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
As pilgrims exited the church, a stain glass of an Easter Lily gives the great hope of the resurrection. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
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