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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Brewster parishioners present live Way of the Cross on Good Friday

Story and photos by Bruce Zelinski, for the Inland Register

(From the May 19, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

An estimated 500 people took part in the Way of the Cross in Brewster on Good Friday. (IR photo)

An estimated 500 parishioners from Sacred Heart Parish in Brewster, Wash., took part in the live re-enactment of the Way of the Cross and Veneration of the Cross on the afternoon of Good Friday, April 22.

This marks the 20th year faithful parishioners from the Hispanic community have walked the almost two-mile stretch from the Church, where Jesus is condemned to death by Pontius Pilate, to Golgotha, where Jesus is crucified by the Roman soldiers.

Thanks to the coordination and efforts of Father Gustavo Ruiz, the pastor of the parishes in Brewster and Twisp, and deacon candidate Bonifacio Arebalo, this year’s re-enactment attracted more participation than ever before. More youth were also involved this year, some as soldiers, some as the weeping women of Jerusalem, and others as people along the Way of the Cross. Ever present, behind the scenes, was another deacon candidate, José Aparicio, a long-time parishioner, who has helped maintain this tradition over the years.

At each station, Father Gustavo led the readings and prayers in English, while Maribel Arebalo, wife of Bonifacio Arebalo, led everyone in Spanish. The people prayed the rosary in between stations, led by Aurora Arebalo.

Father Gustavo Ruiz, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Brewster, leads prayers from the foot of the cross during a Good Friday reenactment of the Way of the Cross. (IR photo)

All the costumes, makeup, and props have always been made and/or donated by parishioners. There were a number of practices, and lines were memorized and rehearsed. The actual crosses are huge and quite heavy.

Those participating in the live production included:

Jesus: Wilfredo Ornelas.
Good Thief: Danny Ramirez.
Bad Thief: Cirilo Ornelas.
Pontius Pilate: Martin Oregon.
Herod: Bonafacio Arebalo.
Mary: Adriana Aparicio.
Veronica: Adriana Arebalo.
Simon of Cyrene: Audel Puhua.
Weeping Woman: Cynthia Ramirez.
Soldiers: Eduardo Tzintzun, Alex Sanabria, Miguel Angel Arellano, Antonio Churape, Luis Ruiz, Bonifacio Arebalo, and Ismael Nisael.

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