PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - As churches across the Coast prepare for Easter weekend, a Pass Christian church celebrated a decades old tradition as a reminder about the meaning behind the holiday.
The 14 Stations of the Cross are portrayed all over the world, every year during holy week. The youth group at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church has taken part in the tradition for decades.
Bringing everything together is something that brings Regina Charlot pride.
"I know He died for me. I do this freely, I love doing it and I want them to get the feeling of Jesus Christ," said Charlot.
Students dress up as Roman soldiers, Mary, Joseph and Jesus to tell the story of the crucifixion and resurrection.
Landon Wimberley got a firsthand look at the experience by portraying Jesus.
"To realize what He went through. Like, nothing can really make you feel exactly like Jesus did. But, just going through the motions of it, you can still feel it and it just makes things so surreal," said Wimberley.
Wimberley felt that portraying Jesus put the story of the crucifixion in a different perspective for him.
"I just couldn't imagine that really happening to a human being," Wimberley added.
Wimberley says the experience is one he won't soon forget, and hopes the impact he felt will spread. Around 30 members of the church's youth group helped bring the presentation together.