LAKE GEORGE - Local priest Thomas Berardi looked toward a group of 90 or so parishioners gathered to join the Good Friday Stations of the Cross procession through Lake George, a dramatic reminder of Jesus' suffering leading up to his crucifixion.
The citizens were from not only the four local churches in the community, but from the general community as well, said Berardi, pastor of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church of Lake George. He said it was a record crowd for the event.
"This procession not only dramatizes Christ's suffering but it is a symbol of our churches working together as a Christian community," he said. "It represents what what we can accomplish together in outreach throughout the year - like our food pantries."
Meredith Vanderminden, pastor of the Lake George United Methodist Church underscored the point.
"We come from slightly different traditions, but we come together in the body of Christ, she said.
The procession's participants began at Sacred Heart church, with Berardi reading scriptures referring to Christ's agony in the Garden. They walked several blocks, in a procession behind a series of volunteers carrying a cross, to the Old Warren County Courthouse, where they heard scriptures detailing Christ's trial. The parishioners proceeded to five other stops in the series, where others joined in listening to scriptures and meditating on what they'd heard.
A trolley car brought those not able to walk from stop to stop to each of the stations - one at each church, and the last in Shepard Park..
Berardi said he was pleased with the turnout, considering 30 to 40 people participated in prior years.
"This shows that the Christian church is alive in Lake George," he said.