Cross Walk remembers ‘Way of the Cross’

Pam Griffin
Current Mayor of Destin Mel Ponder carried the Cross at the first station in 2013.

The Third Annual Destin Cross Walk, sponsored by Destin Area Churches, will take place at 11 a.m. Good Friday, April 18. People should park and gather at Morgan Sports Center on Commons Drive before 10:45 a.m.

“The Cross Walk is an ecumenical procession of individuals remembering the Way of the Cross that Jesus traversed on the way to His death,” Dr. Barry Carpenter, pastor of Destin United Methodist Church, told The Log. “This is a Christian event reflecting faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Redeemer of the world.”

The group will walk down Commons Drive to Airport Road and back to the first Commons Drive circle at Two Trees Road. They will then proceed to Immanuel Anglican Church for a Good Friday service at noon.

“We will rehearse the 14 traditional Stations of the Cross and the Biblical narrative during the walk,” Carpenter said. “Scripture will be read at each station.”

The Stations of the Cross commemorate the Via Dolorosa (The Way of Suffering) where Jesus walked through Jerusalem. The street is within the Old City of Jerusalem, held to be the path that Jesus walked, carrying His Cross, on the way to His crucifixion.

The 14 Stations are:

 1. Jesus is condemned to death

 2: Jesus carries His Cross

 3: Jesus falls the first time

 4: Jesus meets His mother

 5:Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the Cross

 6: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

 7: Jesus falls the second time

 8: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

 9: Jesus falls the third time

10: Jesus is stripped of His garments

11: Jesus is nailed to the Cross

12: Jesus dies on the Cross

13: Jesus is taken down from the Cross

14: Jesus is laid in the tomb

Carpenter, who expects about 300 to join in the walk this year, said individuals from several Christian congregations in Destin would carry the Cross to lead the procession.

“Last year a banner declaring ‘Jesus is Lord’ led the procession carried by former Muslims from Kosovo,” he said. “All persons are welcome and clothing appropriate to the weather and to walking is advisable. Both children and adults are encouraged to walk.”