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The Way of the Cross

On March 25, hundreds gathered at Lafayette Park to walk the Way of the Cross to the Capitol. The group included bishops, clergy, and lay people from Episcopal dioceses across the country including: Washington, Maryland, Virginia, Newark, Connecticut, and more. While walking down Pennsylvania Avenue, the participants paused at different sights from the White House to Freedom Plaza to the U.S. Botanic Garden to the Capitol to commemorate the events of Jesus’ condemnation, crucifixion, and burial. Each stop included a reading, meditation, and prayers meant to correspond to an event in Jesus’ journey and the specific location. After reaching the Capitol, the group had the opportunity to meet with government and religious leaders to discuss gun violence prevention legislation. 

The Way of the Cross was organized by the Bishops of Connecticut following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre as a way to mourn the victims of gun violence and take a stand against violence in the world. The full liturgy from the event, including the meditations, prayers, and readings used, is now available online. 

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