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Stations of the Cross Processional Takes To The Streets In Pilsen Friday

By Stephanie Lulay | April 13, 2017 12:54pm
 Actors portray the Stations of the Cross in Pilsen in 2015.
Actors portray the Stations of the Cross in Pilsen in 2015.
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PILSEN — Thousands of Catholics are expected to attend a Living Stations of the Cross procession planned in Pilsen on Good Friday.

The 40th annual Pilsen Via Crucis will begin with a re-enactment of the Last Supper at 9 a.m. Friday in the basement of Providence of God Church, 717 W. 18th St.

From there, the procession will head along 18th Street to the re-enactment of the crucifixion at Harrison Park at 18th and Wood before ending at St. Adalbert Catholic Church.

The stations re-enactments, an annual Good Friday tradition, consists of live scenes representing the day before Jesus Christ was crucified, each marked with crosses along procession routes.

Earlier this year, the Archdiocese of Chicago entered a contract to sell the St. Adalbert Catholic Church building to a music school. Under that agreement, the Chicago Academy of Music has agreed to make the church available for "occasional Catholic worship," an archdiocese spokeswoman said.  

A Way of the Cross procession is also planned at 8:45 a.m. Friday at Daley Plaza at Dearborn and Washington Downtown. That procession will travel from the plaza to the Riverwalk at State and Wacker, then Tribune Tower Plaza at Michigan and the Chicago River, before ending at Holy Name Cathedral at State Street and Chicago Avenue.