CROSSwalk Draws Nearly 1000

April 09, 2012


On Monday evening, April 2, people from across northern Illinois gathered at St. James Cathedral for a standing room only liturgy that marked the beginning ofCrossWalk, a four-mile Holy Week procession across the heart of the city to remember murdered youth and connect participants with opportunities to help.

"We are used to crowds filling our pews on Easter," said Dean Joy Rogers. "But when the cathedral is packed beyond capacity because an invitation has been extended to walk the Way of the Cross--because we know how crucifixion marks our City and our children--an extraordinary moment has potential for an extraordinary movement."

The procession grew to nearly 1000 as it passed through Daley Plaza, visited Old St. Pat's Church, and reached Stroger Hospital, where far too many of Chicago's youth die. At Stroger, participants were invited to make a committment to support organizations that work to prevent violence against youth.

"Standing on the podium in Daley Plaza I was overwhelmed by the sea of faces, the singing, the prayer responses," said Bishop Lee. "All of this reminded me of what I imagine the great public liturgies of the ancient church were like. This is what the word liturgy means: a public work proclaiming the death and resurrection of Christ for the sake of the world."

CrossWalk was presented by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and led by All Saints Episcopal Church and St. James Cathedral.

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