Inspiring sight in downtown Nashua on Good Friday
Edwin Franco of Nashua portrays Jesus Christ during Friday's reenactment of the Via Crucis in Nashua. (KIMBERLY HOUGHTON/Union Leader Correspondent)
"He is still here with us. He walks with us. He knows us. He loves us," the Rev. Marcos Gonzalez-Torres told a full congregation at St. Aloysius of Gonzaga Parish.
"We can find hope through eternal life," he said.
The reenactment helps make Good Friday more real, said Desmarais, adding that it is a great remembrance that joins different cultures and languages. It also brings the story of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection to life, helping to remind others of the sacrifices Jesus made, he said.
"This is the holiest of seasons, and there is nowhere else I would rather be," she said.
Holy Thursday marked the beginning of the most sacred period in the church year known as the Triduum (Latin for "three days") when many Catholics celebrate the Mass of the Last Supper. The ritual is followed by Good Friday and reaches its highest point during the Easter Vigil on Sunday.
"I really want to be more closer to God. When I die, I want to go to heaven and become a saint," said Lilia Lerma of Nashua, 11. Lerma portrayed an angel during the reenactment.
"I do this every year. It is part of my culture and my faith," said Romero. "I am trying to be an example for my family and my daughter."
"I will not miss this," said Castro, whose family is from Colombia.
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