Justice and Peace Ministries sponsored the Urban Way of the Cross last year with dozens of pilgrims praying at various city sites to focus on serving others in imitation of Christ. CONTRIBUTED BY THOMAS SPINK / GEORGIA BULLETIN
Photo: Thomas Spink/Georgia Bulletin
Photo: Thomas Spink/Georgia Bulletin

Good Friday "walking prayer" through downtown will focus on human trafficking

On Good Friday, people can take part in a “walking prayer” that calls attention to the issue of human trafficking.

The 39th annual Good Friday pilgrimage will take participants on a 2-mile journey through downtown Atlanta and be filled with prayer, Scripture readings, music and reflection.

The Holy Week pilgrimage will begin at 9 a.m. at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, and end at noon at the crypt of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Auburn Avenue.

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The event has been organized by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta for the past decade.

There are 14 stops along the way. There are 14 Stations of the Cross that observe Jesus’ last days on Earth.

At each station, parishioners reflect and pray. 

Catholics pay special attention to follow the Stations of the Cross during Lent and on Good Friday, which marks the day Christ was crucified.

The pilgrimage draws parallels between Jesus’ suffering and today’s issues.

“The reflections are made to enlighten us and make us aware of the injustices that are happening at home, right here in our community,”  said Kat Doyle, director of Justice and Peace Ministries.

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Participants will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the church before beginning the walk. There will be an opening prayer and reflection at 9 a.m. by Auxiliary Bishop Joel Konzen. 

Buses will be available to return participants to the starting point. If it rains, the event will be held indoors at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

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