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Pilsen’s Via Crucis Stations Of The Cross Procession Will Be Livestreamed On Good Friday

A small cast of organizers will reenact the Last Supper, followed by a short procession and a reenactment of Jesus Christ's crucifixion.

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PILSEN — Pilsen’s Stations of the Cross procession, a beloved Good Friday tradition, will be scaled back and livestreamed due to the pandemic. 

The 44th annual Pilsen Via Crucis, which is scheduled for Friday, will be livestreamed on the group’s Facebook page, said Nellie Quintana, president of the organizing committee.

The Living Stations of the Cross reenactment consists of live scenes representing the day Jesus Christ was crucified, the scenes marked with crosses along a procession route in Pilsen.

To safely continue the tradition, Quintana said they will reenact the Last Supper, which will be livestreamed online at 8:30 a.m. The group then will do a short procession and reenact the crucifixion.

Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
Amid health pandemic, Pilsen Via Crucis organizers host scaled back procession down 18th Street.

Instead of a cast of nearly 100 people, the group will have a fraction, with many actors playing multiple roles, Quintana said. The location of the event is not being shared to discourage residents and spectators from joining the procession or gather along the route.

“The church basement will be closed off to the public … . We don’t want people to congregate,” Quintana said.

Amid the tumultuous year because of COVID-19, Quintana said “faith in God” has helped people get by. That’s why she felt it was important to uphold the tradition, she said.

Last year, a group of 10 participants reenacted a small procession from Providence of God to Harrison Park. 

The Good Friday tradition typically attracts thousands of spectators to the neighborhood from across the Midwest. After two years in a row of curtailed events, Quintana is hoping next year will see a return to the grand event.

“He rose on the third day, and we will rise in the third year,” Quintana said.

Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
The 42nd annual Via Crucis in 2019.
Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
The 42nd annual Via Crucis in Pilsen in April 2019.

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