Good Friday in Times Square

The walk begins.I have never been to Times Square for New Year's Eve, but have been there several times on Good Friday. Here are some photos from the Stations of the Cross as they were enacted by Pax Christi and friends along Manhattan's 42nd Street. Above, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, who leads the Vatican's mission to the United Nations, started off the first station with a prayer at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the U.N. Below, students from the College of New Rochelle at the third station, Jesus Falls for the First Time, at 42nd Street and Second Avenue.Jesus falls.One of the most intense moments came through a meditation offered by a Jamaican immigrant, below, left, who faces possible deportation. He said he has lived in the U.S. for some 30 years, and has four American-born children. His reflection was offered at the fifth station, Simon of Cyrene is forced to help carry the cross.An immigrants story.The path led crosstown on 42nd Street, below.On 42nd Street.The U.S. Armed Forces Career Center (yes, that's what a recruiting station is called now) in the midst of Times Square is part of a dramatic backdrop for the 11th and 12th stations, Jesus is nailed to the cross, and Jesus dies on the cross. The meditation, below, focused on the goal of once and for all ending capital punishment. The speakers made a striking use of the word "abortion" - that is, that execution "aborts" the natural development of a life.Times Square

Paul Moses, a contributing writer at Commonweal, is the author of The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace (Doubleday, 2009) and An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York's Irish and Italians (NYU Press, 2015). Follow him on Twitter @PaulBMoses. 

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