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									                                              STATIONS OF THE CROSS

                                              GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION
                                                FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011
                                                    NOON-2:00 PM


                                              I. Christ Church (970 State St.)

Jesus receives the sentence of death                                                          (Luke 23:1,2,23,24)
The entire assembly rose up and led Jesus before Pilate. They started his prosecution by saying, “We found this man
subverting our nation and calling himself the Messiah, a king.” They demanded with loud cries that he be crucified,
and their shouts increased in violence. Pilate then decreed that what they demanded should be done.
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
(John 3:16)
We may pause to reflect and pray in silence

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your cross You have redeemed the world.


                                              II. Iglesia de Dios (920 State St.)

Jesus accepts the cross                                                                      (Matthew 27:27-31)
The procurator’s soldiers stripped off Jesus’ clothes and wrapped him in a scarlet military cloak. Then they began to
mock him. They also spat at him. Finally, when they had finished making a fool of him they stripped him of the
cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him off to crucifixion.
It was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured. (Isaiah 53:4)
We may pause to reflect and pray in silence

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your cross You have redeemed the world.


                        III. Bethesda House/State St. Presbyterian Church (834 State St.)

Jesus falls the first time                                                                          (Isaiah 53:4-7)
He was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins, upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his
stripes we were healed. The Lord laid upon him the guilt of us all. Though he was harshly treated, he submitted and
opened not his mouth.
God, in Christ, was reconciling the world to himself, and has entrusted the message of reconciliation to us.
(2 Corinthians 5:19)
We may pause to reflect and pray in silence

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your cross You have redeemed the world.
                                              IV. SICM Food Pantry (839 Albany St.)

Jesus meets Mary, his mother.                                                                 (Isaiah 66:10,12-14)
Rejoice and be glad because of her, all you who love her; exult with her, all you who were mourning. For thus says
the Lord: As a mother comforts her son, so will I comfort you. When you see this, your heart shall rejoice; the
Lord’s power shall be known to his servants.
You will weep and mourn while the world rejoices; but your grief will be turned into joy. (John 16:20)
We may pause to reflect and pray in silence

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your cross You have redeemed the world.


                          V. Christ Family Fellowship/Albany St. UMC (924 Albany St.)

Simon helps Jesus carry the cross.                                              (Luke 23:13,26-27; Mark 15:21)
As the chief priests, the ruling class, and the people led Jesus away, they laid hold of one Simon the Cyrenean who
was coming in from the fields. They pressed him into service to carry the cross. A great crowd of people followed
him.
If you serve me, you must go with me; where I am, there will my servant be. (John 12:26)
We may pause to reflect and pray in silence

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your cross You have redeemed the world.


                            VI. Grace Temple COGIC/ COCOA House (30 Steuben St.)

A woman wipes the face of Jesus                                                          (Matthew 27:55)
Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs.
Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.
(Matthew 25:40)
We may pause to reflect and pray in silence

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your cross You have redeemed the world.


                                    VII. Higher Ground COGIC (Stanley & Craig St.)

Jesus falls again under the cross.                                                              (Jeremiah 1:17-19)
Be not crushed on their account, as though I would leave you crushed before them; for it is I this day who have made
you a fortified city against Judah’s kings and princes, against its priest and people. They will fight against you, but
not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.
It was thus that he humbled himself, obediently accepting even death. (Philippians 2:8)
We may pause to reflect and pray in silence

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your cross You have redeemed the world.
                             VIII. Duryee Memorial AME Zion Church (327 Hulett St.)

Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem                                                                 (Luke 23:27-28)
A great crowd of people followed Jesus, including women who beat their breasts and lamented over him. Jesus
turned to them and said: “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me. Weep for yourselves and for your children.”
I give you a new commandment: love one another. (John 13:34)
We may pause to reflect and pray in silence

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your cross You have redeemed the world.


                             IX. Mt. Olivet Missionary Baptist Church (809 Strong St.)

Jesus falls a third time.                                                                               (John 12:25-26)
If you love your life, you will lose it. If you give it up in this world, you will be given eternal life. If you serve me,
you must go with me. My servants will be with me wherever I am. If you serve me, my Father will honor you.
If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself, take up your cross and follow me.
(Matthew 16:24)
We may pause to reflect and pray in silence

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your cross You have redeemed the world.


                                              X. Bethel AME Church (540 Mumford St.)

Soldiers remove Jesus’ robe.                                                                           (Mark 15:22-24)
When the crowd brought Jesus to the site of Golgotha, which means “Skull Place,” they tried to give him wine
drugged with myrrh, but he would not take it. Then they crucified him and divided up his garments by rolling dice
for them to see what each should take.
Though he was harshly treated, he submitted and opened not his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7)
We may pause to reflect and pray in silence

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your cross You have redeemed the world.


                                       XI. Jerry Burrell Park (Hamilton & Paige St.)

Soldiers crucify Jesus.                                                                                (Luke 23:33-34)
Soldiers crucified Jesus and the criminals as well, one on the right and the other on the left. Jesus said, “Father,
forgive them; they do not know what they are doing.”
God so loved us and has sent his Son as an offering for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
We may pause to reflect and pray in silence

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your cross You have redeemed the world.



                              XII. Koinonia Christian Ministries (Veeder & Mallard St.)
Jesus dies on the cross.                                                                           (Mark 15:33-37)
When noon came, darkness fell on the whole countryside and lasted until midafternoon. At that time Jesus cried in a
loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachtani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Then,
uttering a loud cry, he breathed his last.
Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation! (2 Corinthians 6:2)
We may pause to reflect and pray in silence

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your cross You have redeemed the world.


                                     XIII. Schenectady County Jail (320 Veeder Ave.)
Jesus’ mother and friends lower his body from the cross                                            (Luke 23:50-53)
There was a man named Joseph, an upright and holy member of the Sanhedrin, who had not been associated with this
plan of action. He was from Arimathea and he looked expectantly for the reign of God. This man approached Pilate
with a request for Jesus’ body. He took it down and wrapped it in fine linen.
Come, all you who pass by the way, look and see whether there is any suffering like my suffering.
(Lamentations 1:12)
We may pause to reflect and pray in silence

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your cross You have redeemed the world.


                         XIV. Veterans Park/First United Methodist (Veeder & State St.)
Jesus’ mother and friends lay his body in the tomb.                                            (Matthew 27:59-60)
Taking Jesus’ Body, Joseph wrapped it in fresh linen and laid it in his own new tomb which had been hewn from a
formation of rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance of the tomb and went away.
With your blood you purchased for God people of every class and language, nation and race. (Revelation 5:9)
We may pause to reflect and pray in silence

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your cross You have redeemed the world.


                                     XV. Schenectady City Mission (425 Hamilton St.)
Consider Jesus                                                                                    (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the
sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,
the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat
down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you
will not grow weary and lose heart.
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. (John 3:14b-15)
We may pause to reflect and pray in silence

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your cross You have redeemed the world.

								
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