Worshipers cross Ash Street with the Sempra Energy building in the background. Photo by Chris Jennewein
Worshipers cross Ash Street with the Sempra Energy building in the background. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Good Friday is a normal workday for most, so it may be surprising to see worshipers re-enacting the stations of the cross amid the traffic and office buildings of downtown San Diego.

A crowd of more than a hundred, led by volunteers representing Jesus, the Apostles and Roman soldiers, stopped at nine locations downtown on Friday morning in the traditional Catholic commemoration.

The two-and-a-half-hour walk is sponsored by the Interfaith Shelter Network of San Diego and Catholic Charities. It began and ended at the San Diego Rescue Mission.

Organizer Rosemary Johnston, who has led the event for 24 years, said it is a way raise awareness of the plight of San Diegans served by the shelters.

“People on the route are glad to see us doing this,” she said. “It reminds people about the real meaning of Easter.”

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.