Faithful Turn Out For Stations Of The Cross

The place was the Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church in Biloxi. The story was one set in the Eastern Hemisphere more than two centuries ago.

While the language spoken was Vietnamese, the story is one known by people all over the world.

The parishoners took a journey following in the footsteps of their Savior, Jesus Christ.

They relived the final hour of Christ's life up until his crucifixion. During the program they stopped at the stations to pray and mark Jesus's final sacrifice on the cross.

"At the first one (station), he was condemned, the second one, he had to hold the cross, and the third one, he fell down the first time, and the fourth one, he met Mary on the way to the cross," said Father Phan Dong.

The object of the stations is to help the faithful make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, though meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ's sufferings and death.

But this story of agony and pain has a victorious ending that Christians will celebrate on Easter Sunday.

"The importance here is His resurrection, we celebrate on Sunday. That is the most important point of our faith," Father Dong said.

The church holds its Stations of the Cross every year on Good Friday.