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Good Friday

April 22, 2011 by staff 

Good Friday, Christian pilgrims filled the narrow cobblestone streets of Old Jerusalem to celebrate Good Friday, which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus in the city two millennia ago.

Thousands of international visitors and local Christians retraced the last steps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa, which is Latin for “Way of Suffering.”

The tour ends at the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher, revered as the place of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection, two days after Easter Sunday.

“All my life I’ve been waiting for this desire. – I’ve been wanting to come here one day in Jerusalem to worship the way I wanted my lord took a step,” said Roshan Futsom, a pilgrim from Toronto, Canada.

“This is a special energy, a special love. I can not explain,” said another pilgrim, Miodrag Ivanovic from Belgrade, Serbia, who was on the Via Dolorosa with a large wooden cross on his shoulder.

Old City of Jerusalem was filled Friday with the followers of different churches and denominations. The calendars of the Orthodox and Roman Catholic coincide this year, so that cults are making Easter together. This has required careful arrangements to prevent conflicts among the many ceremonies and processions in every church.

Jews are celebrating the feast of the weeklong Passover and the Jewish quarter of the city is full of visitors on Friday.

Israeli police were deployed in force in the Old City, which contains the holy sites of Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Backhaus Herman Munster, Germany, said in Jerusalem reminded that Jesus lived, and his message did not die with him on the cross. “

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