Georgia Bulletin

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The audience watches Jesus hanging on the cross during a portrayal of his final hours of life. Young people at St. Anna Church, Monroe, have led the Good Friday commemoration for the past dozen years. This may be its final year as the parish prepares to move to a new campus farther out of town. Photo By Cindy Connell Palmer


St. Anna holds traditional Good Friday pilgrimage perhaps for last time

Published April 30, 2015

MONROE—Holy Week was a special time for St. Anna Church in Monroe.

The parish community had what is likely to be its last reenactment in the center of Monroe on Good Friday retracing Jesus’ final hours. A local tradition that is a dozen years old, the prayerful event attracts a crowd of people.

“It’s a community event. The whole community is aware of it, people who are not Catholic as well as Catholics,” said Deborah Farabaugh, the parish director of religious education.

The commemoration begins at the historic Walton County Courthouse and ends at the parish on East Spring Street. Some 100 people, in addition to nearly 20 teenagers who took the parts of the central figures in Jesus’ Passion, participated in the annual Good Friday commemoration, said Farabaugh.

The St. Anna community next year is expected to celebrate Easter at a new campus on Alcovy Street, about three miles away in a more rural area that would make it difficult to continue the tradition.