Church members depict crucifixion for Good Friday

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The Catholic Church in the Philippines tolerates the ritual but says it does not support such gory displays of devotion, describing them as a "misinterpretation of faith".

Jesus rose again three days later on Easter Triduum.

Migwe Kimemia of American Friends Service Committee said: "This is a pilgrimage for me to come downtown to remind people that the oppressed need their attention".

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Hundreds of people from around the community gathered at the church to witness the arrest, trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Those marching said they want to call attention to the many social evils that still plague communities, all over the world. "It has a more profound meaning than just hunting for eggs". The Christmas event attracts upwards of 25,000 people.

"I think it is a good experience; it refresh memory, so whoever figet - me never figet - but fi who figet", said Shanice, who was recording the event with her cellphone. "I love what God does through this re-enactment".

For the past 26 years, Christians have joined Tony Mondejar, 71 on a 20 mile walk from Allen to Ada to spread the word of Jesus Christ. Actors - mostly teenage members of the church - portrayed Roman soldiers bringing Jesus before Pontias Pilate, the Roman governor who reluctantly allowed him to be executed. The passion marks the final moments of Jesus as he suffered and carried the cross, ending in his crucifixion. The rest of the day is spent in reflection, prayer and fasting. It is a day of penance and fasting for them.

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Father Tom Pincelli said the visual memorial is an opportunity for a unique impact as worshippers reflect on Christ's sacrifice.

On Saturday, known as Easter Vigil of the Lord's Resurrection, there will be a candlelight procession at 8 pm, while Easter, the day of resurrection, will be celebrated on Sunday.

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