Alaskans to offer public witness to the faith during Good Friday Faith Walk


Hundreds of Alaskans are expected to take part in the annual Good Friday Faith Walk on March 30. The annual devotion begins at various points across Anchorage with groups of area faithful walking and praying the Stations of the Cross.

As they wind through the city streets, the participants meditate on the steps Jesus Christ took through his Passion and death on the very first Good Friday. The various groups eventually meet together at Anchorage’s Town Square to pray the final stations together with Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne.

As groups process through the streets of Anchorage they walk behind a leader carrying a large wooden cross.

Once the groups arrive at Town Square, one by one, the first 11 Stations of the Cross are announced in slow succession. At the station, “Jesus is nailed to the cross,” a group of people descend the steps from the second floor beating Native drums in a mournful cadence. Then, like pallbearers, another group carries aloft a life-size, heavy wood, red-draped cross, and Archbishop Etienne walks behind.

The crowd follows the procession outside and to the front of the building. The cross is then carried up to the second-floor outdoor terrace where several lay people and Archbishop Etienne lead the final stations.

The final stations will begin at 11:15 a.m. For starting times and locations around Anchorage, click here or contact the Anchorage Archdiocese at (907) 297-7732.

'Alaskans to offer public witness to the faith during Good Friday Faith Walk' have 2 comments

  1. April 2018 @ 3:19 pm Pinay in AK

    I started joining the Catholic Faith Walk last year and it was indeed a very memorable and inspiring experience that I joined again this year. What made the walk very special is that my Jewish friend walked with me last year and this year as well. It is indeed a Faith Walk because even if she is not Catholic, she took time and interest to show her support to my faith. The reflection for each station is very touching and surely guide in reflecting my past, present and future life. A community praying together, united in faith truly is a gift from God. I am blessed to be part of the Anchorage Catholic community.


  2. March 2018 @ 3:06 pm Edna & Chad

    The Good Friday Walk is one of my husband’s & my Lenten activities that even though it takes 2 hours, we feel special walking with others from Our Lady of Guadalupe singing & praying. This year it’ll be a new challenge as we’ll have our 4 year old grandson along????


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