The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 30, 2013

Residents observe 16th annual Way of the Cross

By Samantha Pidde
Herald Staff Writer


Dozens of people walked from church to church Friday afternoon to witness the biblical journey of Jesus Christ walking toward his death.

The 16th Annual Way of the Cross began at noon Friday. Organized by the Clinton Ministerial Association, the walk began at Immanuel Lutheran church, 819 S. Fifth St., and paused at six other churches. At each church, people read two of the 14 Stations of the Cross. The stations begin with Jesus being condemned to death and end with him being laid in the tomb. The crowd followed along with  prayers and hymns.

“It’s an opportunity for the community to remember the day together,” Pastor Robert Hoffman said. “If there is anything that will draw us together it is Jesus Christ.”

Volunteers from the crowd stepped forward at each location to carry the wooden cross to the next church. John Bonte, of Clinton, was one of those who took up the cross, carrying it from Immanuel Lutheran to First United Presbyterian Church, 400 Fifth Ave. South, with the help of Rev. Dennis Glew. Bonte said he attends the event almost every year.

Casey Turner remembers attending the observance when he was child growing up in Clinton. He now lives and teaches in south central Iowa, but was back in Clinton for the holiday. Turner carried the cross alone from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 316 S. Fourth St., to Zion Lutheran Church, 439 Third Ave. South.

The other stops on the path were: Bethel AME, 238 Fourth Ave. South; First United Methodist, 621 S. Third St.; and St. Paul Lutheran, 715 S. Third St. Donation baskets were at each location, with the proceeds going to Pantries United.