Cincinnati Good Friday tradition: Praying the Steps

The tradition dates back to 1860

Praying the steps on Good Friday

MOUNT ADAMS, OH (FOX19) - The Good Friday tradition in Cincinnati known as “Praying the Steps” at Holy Cross-Immaculata in Mount Adams took place Friday morning.

The faithful say a “Hail Mary” as they climb to the top of the steep hill the church sits on overlooking the Ohio River.

Thousands participate in the holy tradition each year - rain, snow, sleet or shine.

People come from all over the country, but just a handful are there at this hour.

About 200 began the climb when it started at midnight.

The tradition dates back to 1860.

The faithful say a “Hail Mary” as they climb to the top of the steep hill Holy Cross-Immaculata sits on in Mount Adams overlooking the city and Ohio River. (Photo: Courtesy Scott Ford)
The faithful say a “Hail Mary” as they climb to the top of the steep hill Holy Cross-Immaculata sits on in Mount Adams overlooking the city and Ohio River. (Photo: Courtesy Scott Ford)
Worshippers pray inside Holy Cross-Immaculata Church in Mount Adams Friday morning (Photo: Courtesy Scott Ford)
Worshippers pray inside Holy Cross-Immaculata Church in Mount Adams Friday morning (Photo: Courtesy Scott Ford)

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