Stations of the Cross celebrated across region

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The sacred ceremony in Brewster

MID-HUDSON – Good Friday observances were celebrated at churches throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley on Friday, the day that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
In Brewster, hundreds of Putnam’s newest residents from Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico and Puerto Rico joined others who congregated along the village’s Main Street at sundown and celebrated a solemn 2000-year tradition – the Stations of the Cross.
George Sohn of Carmel, a parishioner at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church who helped coordinate the Brewster celebration said the “Hispanic community decided to remember the passion that our Lord Jesus Christ gave many years ago. The object of the stations is to help the faithful make a spiritual pilgrimage while praying for Christ’s sufferings and death.”
Sohn described the Stations of the Cross as “one of the most popular devotions for Roman Catholics. We are so blessed to live in a community like Brewster where many of the local residents are here praying with us and joining us.”
Other religious marches were held throughout the valley, including in Middletown and Newburgh.