Christians observe Good Friday with prayers

Christ on the cross

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Angel Perez played Jesus, Carlos Mario played Pontius Pilate, Francia Soto played Mother Mary, and Carolina Hernandez played the role of Mary Magdalene.

CLEVELAND- On this Good Friday, hundreds of Christians took to the streets of Cleveland to symbolize their dedication to their faith, by honoring the death of Christ and joining a procession for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

"I came out because all those years ago, Jesus died for me and I feel that I needed to do something symbolic and be thankful and grateful for what he did for me", Hutchinson said.

Erica Ramirez said she brought her three daughters because she wanted to move beyond watching films and listening to sermons in remembering the events depicted in the New Testament.

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The service started at St. James Catholic Church.

Malawian Vice President Saulos Chilima on Friday joined his fellow christians in participating in Way of the Cross, marking the suffering that Jesus Christ went on the day of his crucifixion and accompanying prayers.

"The cross is a sign of hope and our salvation and everything we undergo - the struggles and the challenges - we should remember that someone passed through those things and we can too", he said. "They carry a huge casket with the body of Jesus in it".

"We have people that will honk, people that will stop and ask exactly what we're doing", Laughlin said.

Today, Good Friday, marks the day Jesus was crucified.

He was heard telling the clergy that he had to "come down to pay homage to our saviour Jesus Christ". Given the solemn importance of the day, the faithful converged on the churches in large numbers and braved it out in the searing heat to sit through the three-hour services.

Easter, in fact, is the day when Christians celebrate their belief in the earthly resurrection of Jesus.

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