Watch: Christians hold procession in Jerusalem's Via Dolorosa to mark Good Friday

ByREUTERS
March 25, 2016 19:32

The annual ritual, in the Old City of Jerusalem, attracts thousands of pilgrims from around the world.




Good Friday in Jerusalem

Carrying wooden crosses and singing hymns, Christians walked in procession along the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem, marking Easter's Good Friday by retracing what they believe was the route that Jesus Christ took to his crucifixion.

The Via Dolorosa starts from the Ecce Homo Convent and leads to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christians believe Jesus was buried before rising from the dead three days later.

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Along the route there are the 14 "Stations of the Cross" and marchers stop at each and every one of them for a few-minutes long prayer during their route.

The first station is where Jesus was believed to have been condemned to death, the last is the tomb where Christians believe he is buried.

The annual ritual, in the Old City of Jerusalem, attracts thousands of pilgrims from around the world.

At the same time, outside the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Christian worshippers embarked on a protest march to mark Good Friday. They walked from the Jewish settlement of Har Gilo to the Jewish settlement of Gilo in protest against Israel's settlements policy.

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