The Good Friday Pilgrimage is an interfaith, walking reflection based on the traditional Christian prayer experience called Stations of the Cross. It is a tradition, synonymous with Lent, Holy Week, and especially Good Friday, in which we remember the suffering Jesus Christ endured on the day He was crucified.
People of all faiths will join in this pilgrimage to visit 14 urban sites throughout downtown Atlanta and reflect upon Christ’s suffering in relation to current social justice issues. This multilingual walking prayer is a moving experience that includes scripture readings, reflections, prayer and music.
This year’s pilgrimage will take place on April 6, 2012. We will gather on the steps of the State Capital at 8:45am and begin our journey with an opening prayer at 9am by Archbishop Gregory. We will conclude at approximately 12:30pm at the crypt of Martin Luther King, Jr. and buses will be available to return participants to our start point. Participants are encouraged to carpool or use public transportation as parking is limited. The route is considered wheel chair accessible, but please keep in mind that not all of the sidewalks along the route are smooth or wide.
The Good Friday Pilgrimage is sponsored by Social Justice Ministry, a program of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, which is rooted in the Gospel and supports local efforts of education and advocacy. Grounded in Catholic Social Teaching, the program promotes transformation of individuals, parishes, and the larger community to answer the call to love of God and love of neighbor.
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At this time volunteers are needed to help with the scripture readings and music at each of the 14 stations. Adult and teen lectors, parish musicians, and school music groups are encouraged to contact Kat Doyle, Director of Social Justice Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to volunteer.