YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – March 25 marked Good Friday, the day which many Christians across the world commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
On Friday morning, the Downtown YMCA observed Good Friday with a special breakfast service. Nearly 700 people enjoyed a buffet style meal from Sandy’s Deli, followed by music and singing.
For members of the Avondale Baptist Church, Good Friday meant a five-mile walk with a cross on their shoulders down the streets of East Liverpool. Members of the men’s ministry came up with the idea, and this is the second time they have carried the homemade cross to pay their respects.
“Just getting a sample, a small sample of what our Lord Jesus went through on this day, which we celebrate as Good Friday,” said church member Terry Wyand.
In Austintown, the Highway Tabernacle performed the 16th rendition of the Passion Play.
The venue was packed, and people had to create their own parking spaces. This was the second show of the evening, and shows are scheduled on all weekend.
Pastor Gary Gray says the play is a community tradition.
“It has become a part of so many families’ Easter celebration, but for Highway, all of these families come together.
At St. Luke Roman Catholic Church in Boardman, there was a reading of the Passion of the Christ, and those in attendance paid respect to the cross, followed by a Holy Communion.
Deacon Bob Redig said the weekend is the most attended of the year for the church.
“Easter is the highlight of the church’s year,” he said. “We celebrate the Lord’s resurrection.”