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Good Friday Reenactments

By Chuck Sudo in News on Apr 22, 2011 2:25PM

A crucifixion reenactment in Humboldt Park last year. Photo by GXM.

With Good Friday comes the occasion for Christians to commemorate the Passion of Jesus Christ. The downtown Way of the Cross should be underway by the time you're reading this post. Starting at Daley Plaza, the processional works its way through downtown before ending at Holy Name Cathedral at 11:30. But this processional is subdued compared to the Passion reenactments in other parts of the city.

Pilsen's annual Via Crucis Vivente begins at Providence of God Church (717 W. 18th St.) and works its way west through the predominantly Mexican and Catholic neighborhood. It's an exhaustive reenactment, with twelve stations and the young man chosen to play Jesus really digging deep into the role before he's ultimately tied to his crucifix. Regardless of how religious you are, the pageantry involved in pulling this off is undeniable and contagious if you're viewing.

Regular Chicagoist Photos flickr pool contributor Gabriel X. Michael took the above photograph outside St. Sylvester's in Humboldt Park last year. We'd love to see more shots from this year's reenactments.