Good Friday celebrated without Walk of Witness


Pastor Don Archer of Christ United Methodist Church removes a cross from his church’s sanctuary after it was used during a special service for the 2019 Walk of Witness on Friday. Archer said the walk was canceled at the last minute before its scheduled beginning at noon. He said he was unsure of the reason. Archer said the walk helps to show how important the Friday before Easter is.

“You can’t appreciate and celebrate the Easter experience without Good Friday,” he said.

Melanie Schneider, 69, of Marietta, went to the church for the special service and said she was let down by the cancellation of the walk.

“It’s disappointing,” she said. “I found it to be very meaningful.”

During the Walk of Witness, participants carry a cross to several churches in the city usually including the First Unitarian Church, First Congregational United Church of Christ, First Presbyterian and the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption. At each house of worship, a special service is performed to acknowledge the walk.

Both the First Congregational United Church of Christ and the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption didn’t respond to messages requesting more information on the reasoning for the cancellation of the walk.


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