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Cross Walk in Maumee attracts hundreds

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The sidewalks of downtown Maumee were filled with walkers to mark Good Friday. It was the 20th annual "Cross Walk." Hundreds of people from a number of different Maumee churches were part of the walk on Friday and they say for the first time in a few years it wasn't raining or snowing. The walkers take part in a centuries old Christian tradition called the stations of the cross.

Good Friday is the day Christians believe Christ died on the cross. Christians from a number of different Maumee churches were walking and singing to mark the Christian Holy Day. Reverend Paul Board is the Rector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Maumee, "We've been doing this for twenty years it's become a tradition. All the churches gather because we have a common story and that story of Jesus and that's what we're here to honor on this good Friday."

Shawn Smith is the Youth Pastor at St' Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, "We walk the sidewalks of Conant street and we pause for prayer and song at the different stations of the cross which is part of the Catholic tradition. It's great to stop and reflect upon what Christ has done for you."

Cathy Smith has made the walk a family tradition on good Friday, "I brought my granddaughter, she's six years old to explain to her what Christ went through going to the cross."

With the I-475 bridge over the Maumee River down to one lane for construction right now, a lot of drivers use Conant street as an alternate route. Reverend Board says the walk does slow traffic, " We're going to block traffic in the name of Jesus today and there's something fun about that!"

Cathy Smith has noticed that most drivers seem to take it all in stride, "In fact you have a lot of people while we're walking, pull their cars over and wait. It's like waiting for a funeral,well it is a funeral."

Jane Weber lead the singing at the walk and she hopes the message of the day was passed on to some of the drivers, " It does attract a lot of attention hopefully it causes them to wonder what it's all about . What they should be thinking about on this beautiful day."

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