Even before midnight, people began gathering at the foot of Mount Adams to participate in a Good Friday tradition dating back to the late 1860s: praying the steps.
An estimated 8-10,000 people are expected to climb the stairs up the side of Mount Adams to Holy Cross-Immaculata. Some pray, some read the Bible, and some meditate.
Church historian Jim Steiner says it's not limited to Catholics. “It’s a spiritual experience,” he says. “You don’t have to be Catholic to be spiritual. You don’t even have to be religious to be spiritual.”