Christians gathered to pray the steps


MT. ADAMS, OH (FOX19) - Good Friday, Christians from across the Tri-state gathered at the base of the steps leading up to Holy Cross- Immaculata parish in Mount Adams.

They were there to pray the steps.

If these Christians prayed each of the 470 steps, it would take a total of two or three hours.

For many, the pilgrimage began at Riverside Drive and Adams Crossing, crossed over Columbia Parkway, then up the hill.

However, most people prayed the last 108 steps, which are directly below the church.

Most of them prayed Hail Mary, Our Father and personal prayers. Others choose to reflect on scripture.

Father Martin O. Moran, third Pastor of Holy Cross- Immaculata parish, says, "There is no one way to pray the steps."

He goes on to say that this experience is one of personal refection.

This year Holy Cross- Immaculata decided to incorporate one of its regular community outreach activities.

They encouraged visitors to donate canned or non-perishable food items to Hope Emergency Program.

On Friday night, the parish will host a Fish Fry from 3:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m.

This tradition has been going on for 150 years.