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Christians observe Good Friday

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- It's one of the most important weekends of the year for people of all Christian faiths across the world.

In Rochester Friday afternoon people gathered to celebrate Good Friday through the Way of the Cross.

The Church of St. John the Evangelist has held this yearly tradition for about the past 15 years.

Christians gathered at the Government Center in downtown Rochester and then walked through the streets in silence, two by two following the cross.

The procession ended at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, but they made two stops along the way where they had music, scripture readings and reflections.

Members of the church say the tradition is a public expression of their faith.

"We want to go public," said Rev. Gerald Mahon. "It's one thing for people to gather in their churches, which is beautiful, but to do a public gesture is to say we want to announce that Jesus Christ has changed the world through death and Resurrection."

The Way of the Cross was followed by a Good Friday service.

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