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Uptown Marks Good Friday with Inwood Procession

By Nigel Chiwaya | March 29, 2013 5:31pm

INWOOD — Worshipers marched through the streets of Inwood Friday afternoon, remembering the death of Jesus with a procession commemorating his final moments.

The Spanish-language "Via Crucis" procession, organized by the Church of the Good Shepherd, drew hundreds of residents, who knelt, prayed and sang as the crowd made its way around the neighborhood.

"We have a large crowd of the faithful," said Good Shepherd pastor Father Robert Abbatiello, who added the church has been organizing the procession for more than 40 years.

"The great thing is that in the midst of all the noise of the city, they're bringing their faith. And they're not ashamed, they're not afraid."

The procession stopped at 14 different spots to mark the significant moments of Jesus' final hours, including the three times he fell and the crucifixion.

Onlookers peered out of their cars and windows as the procession made its way down Isham and Academy streets and Vermilyea and Seaman avenues. After taking pictures, several onlookers joined the crowd.

"I saw it and I had to come," said Karen Diaz, 20. "I was on my way to get some food, but I could stop for this."