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A young-adult actor portraying Jesus walking to his crucifixion led a procession of Christians through downtown Franklin on Good Friday. It was the second consecutive year for the multi-denominational event.

Wearing a crown of thorns and a brown robe loosely cinched with a white rope, “Jesus” carried a large, wooden crucifix, from St. Philip Catholic Church east of the town square, to the Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church at Five Points and back. Two young women in period costumes representing the mourning faithful, an apostle, and a Roman guard were immediately ahead of 200 or so followers from several Christian churches in Franklin.

“We wanted to bring the community together,” said Kim Leisinger with St. Philip who helped to organize the event. “It’s a chance for faith communities to come together because we all believe in the same God and resurrection. We have differences, but we should celebrate the many similarities.”

The procession, which took about 45 minutes to complete, took place under persistent drizzle and fading daylight. Many of those in the procession sang hymns throughout the walk.

“We are all Christians who believe in the death of Jesus,” Father Bala Marneni of St. Philip’s said ahead of the event. “But through death, brings us new beginnings with the resurrection.”

The procession concluded with a brief multi-denominational service at St. Philip’s.

Posted on: 3/29/2013


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