Raven SantanaApr 14, 2017, 8:30 pmApr 15, 2017, 8:29 am

Jersey City churches protest gun violence for Good Friday

Outdoor procession marks Stations of the Cross where there has been murder and gun violence in 2017

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Good Friday is the day when Christians around the world commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.

On Friday afternoon, over 100 people in Jersey City held an outdoor procession to mark the stations of the cross, stopping at places where there has ben murder and gun violence this year. The 14-stop walk began on Communipaw Avenue where three teens were shot.

Clergy joined members from 15 churches to pray, read scripture and sing at each stop.

"We wanted to connect what happened 2,000 years ago to what is going on in the streets of Jersey City today and to get ourselves outside the church and in the world," said Rev. Thomas Murphy of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Family members of the victims held up crosses with t-shirts hung with the names of ages and victims who lost their lives to gun violence.

Organizers say they hope the non-traditional walk will continue to grow and attract more community members in an effort to stop and to heal those who have lost loved ones to violence in the city.

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