Regnum Christi Good Friday Cross Walk
This year for the first time ever Regnum Christi will hold a Holy Week Mission in Cincinnati. A Good Friday “Cross Walk” from the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains to Holy Cross-Immaculata Church in Mt. Adams will be a highlight of this mission for young men, young women, and families.
“We’ve been holding Holy Week MissionYouth events for 20 years,” says Fr. Daniel Brandenburg, LC, who will help lead the Cincinnati mission. “Not everyone can dedicate their whole lives to evangelization, but evangelization is essential to every Catholic and every Christian life.” Missions like this one are not limited to Regnum Christi members, he says, and provide everyone a chance to be a missionary close to home.
Seventy-five people, including several area families, will participate. Young men will stay at St. Louis Church downtown, and young women will stay at St. Leo Church. Families will stay in their own homes. The four-day mission also includes service projects, Triduum events at the Cathedral, workshops, a commissioning ceremony, and street evangelization, all aimed at doing spiritual and corporal works of mercy while developing a deeper relationship with God.
The Cross Walk is the most public part of the Mission. Three groups of young missionaries will each carry a life-sized wooden cross from the Cathedral through Downtown Cincinnati and to the steps at Mt. Adams, where thousands of area Catholics pray the rosary every Good Friday.
Along the route, Fr. Brandenburg says, missionaries meet all sorts of people — some who scoff, some who are merely curious, and some who pray with them. Missionaries offer to pray for everyone they meet, writing the prayer intentions on slips of paper and nailing them to the crosses.
“It’s a powerful experience for young people,” says Fr. Brandenburg.
Because it’s the Mission’s first time in Cincinnati, organizers don’t know what to expect when the young people reach Mt. Adams. If possible, they would like to bring the crosses as they pray the steps — but depending on how many people are there, it might be impossible.
It’s one of many things Mission organizers will have to find out as they go. One pleasant surprise has already been the amount of local interest. “We’ve held these Missions in 10 different cities, and some people from the area have gone to Chicago to participate,” Fr. Brandenburg says. “We promoted it to a certain degree but because this is the first time, we just wanted to get it established and get the blessing of Archbisop Schnurr. We were hoping for 30 or 40 people, so we’ve blown out our own goals.”
The Good Friday Cross Walk will begin after the 10 am Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at the Cathedral, which all are welcome to attend, and is expected to leave the Cathedral around 11 am and reach Mt. Adams around 2 pm. Look for the missionaries in Fountain Square at lunch time.
Click here for the Good Friday Way of the Cross at San Carlos Borromeo. Click here for the Dayton Way of the Cross for Peace and Justice. Click here for Tenebrae information. Click here for more notable area Triduum celebrations.
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