Holy Cross-Immaculata Church

Religion
12:01 am
Fri April 18, 2014

A Cincinnati Good Friday tradition continues

A woman holds a rosary as she prepares to begin the ascent in 2013.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

It's Good Friday, a holy day of preparation for Christians around the world. In Cincinnati, it also means the return of an annual tradition.

If you've never heard about the annual Good Friday pilgrimage up the Holy Cross-Immaculata church steps in Mt. Adams, then as the saying goes: "You're not from around here, are you?"

It's a rite of passage for many and a yearly tradition for thousands of faithful. People began climbing at midnight, stopping on each step to say a prayer.

The church writes:

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Good Friday
1:04 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Good Friday pilgramage draws faithful to Mt. Adams

People reverently "praying the steps" at Holy Cross-Immaculata Church in Mt. Adams.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

An annual Good Friday tradition is underway in Mt. Adams.

At midnight, Bishop Joseph Binzer blessed the steps of Holy Cross - Immaculata church and the annual praying of the steps began.

Thousands of people will spend a portion of this Good Friday in prayer and reflection, slowly climbing the steps leading up to the church.

It's a tradition that dates back more than 150 years.

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