Continuing a Good Friday devotion that is popular in their native countries, immigrants of Central and South American heritage dressed in costumes and presented the Way of the Cross April 18 in the streets surrounding St. Agnes Church in Greenport. Small altars decorated with flowers, votive candles and statues marked several stations along the route. Following the service, Vincentian Father Marvin Navas presided at a Spanish-language Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion inside the church. The annual event is coordinated by Dominican Sister Margaret Smyth, director of the North Fork Spanish Apostolate.
All photos by Gregory A. Shemitz
A woman decorates an altar before the start of the service.
Jesus stands before the crowds and Pontius Pilate.
One of the decorative altars along the route.
Jesus meets Mary, his mother, and John the Apostle.
Veronica shows the cloth she used to wipe the face of Jesus.
Jesus falls the second time.
A Roman soldier whips Jesus.
The women of Jerusalem bow their heads as Jesus passes them.
Jesus and the two thieves hang from their crosses.
The faithful observe the crucifixion scene.
One of the thieves crucified with Jesus expires on the cross.
Soldiers carry the body of Jesus into the church.
A woman serves as the narrator during the reading of the Passion.
Father Navas holds the cross as people approach to venerate it.