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  • Staff photo by Don Himsel

    Jesus is whipped by a Roman soldier as this year's Good Friday procession reaches St. Louis De Gonzague Church in Nashua.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel

    A crowd gathers to watch the culmination of the procession Friday, April 6, 2012.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel

    The Good Friday procession makes its way up Chestnut Street in Nashua towards St. Louis De Gonzague Church.
  • Staff photo by BOB HAMMERSTROM

    Reenactors begin the Stations of The Cross processions through the streets outside St. Louis De Gonzague Church on West Hollis Street Friday, April 6, 2012.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Stations of the Cross procession in downtown Nashua on Friday relives the crucifixion of Jesus

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Nashua on Good Friday to participate in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus.

The Stations of the Cross is a re-enactment of the passion of Christ, from Judas’ betrayal in Gethsemane to the crucifixion and the resurrection. This year, Erick Ruiz took on the role of Jesus.

The procession has been carried out every year since 1988, though it previously was conducted by the congregation at the now-decommissioned St. Francis Xavier church. About 40 people attended the walk on Good Friday in 1988, and now hundreds of people participate each year, both parishioners of St. Louis St. Louis de Gonzague church and members of the community at large.

Many people in the procession wore purple ribbons bound by a single nail.

The image of a man dragging a cross through downtown Nashua can be a startling sight. On Friday, one person called the police after seeing the procession of people pass by.

Watch a video of the procession along with this story at