Sunday, April 20, 2003

Three carry cross 14 miles
in re-enactment

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - Two churchgoers and their minister hiked 14 miles carrying a wooden cross in a re-enactment of the Christian crucifixion story.

The Rev. John Shroll and two other members of Cooper Memorial United Methodist Church walked from the Bullitt-Jefferson county line to the Ohio River on Friday, taking turns carrying a 12-foot wooden cross.

The march was one of countless commemorations throughout the world on Good Friday, a sacred day in the Christian calendar.

"It's mainly to talk to people about the Lord and focus their attention ... on that it's Good Friday," Shroll said during the 14-mile walk.

"We're just reminding people of the good that came from this day," added John Nason, who like Shroll and Paul Hobson was dressed in biblical robes for the march.

Christians believe that Jesus Christ granted eternal life to his followers through his crucifixion and resurrection, which Easter Sunday commemorates.

"Whether you believe in Jesus or not, most people accept that he did exist and was crucified," Nason said. "Even if you don't believe beyond that, you've got to accept that somebody was willing to die for their beliefs."

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