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Good Friday procession strengthens community

LAKE GEORGE - George Green of Lake George walked down Canada St. amongst 60 or so parishioners of various area churches gathered to join the Stations of the Cross procession on Good Friday through Lake George.

Green said this dramatic reminder of Jesus' suffering prior to his crucifixion held significant meaning not only for those marching, but also for the community at large.

"This brings out the moral integrity of our community, this keeps us rolling," he said. "It's tough in a tourist area to keep this spirit - but events like this are a real sign of faith."

The citizens in this fourth annual procession were from not only the four local churches in Lake George Village, but area towns without particular church affiliations.

Pastors of the churches said the event symbolized the ecumenical spirit in Lake George - that despite different religious traditions, spiritual unity prevailed, they said.

The procession's participants began at Sacred Heart church, with Berardi reading scriptures referring to Christ's agony in the Garden. They walked several blocks, in a procession behind a series of volunteers carrying a cross, to the Old Warren County Courthouse, where they heard scriptures detailing Christ's trial. The parishioners proceeded to five other stops in the series, where others joined in listening to scriptures and meditating on what they'd heard.

A van loaned by the Lake George Fire Dept. brought those not able to walk from stop to stop to each of the stations - one at each church, and the last in Shepard Park. In prior years, a trolley car has provided the lift, but it was undergoing repair.

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