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NEW ORLEANS - Friday is one of the most solemn days in Christianity, when the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is remembered.

As Christians around the world commemorate Good Friday, in New Orleans, there are ceremonies unique to this city.

One of the best known observances is the Living Way of the Cross, a march through the Central Business District designed to dramatize the continuing social problems that can trace their origins back to the teachings of Jesus 2,000 years ago.

The Living Stations of the Cross begins at 9 a.m. St. Joseph's Church on Tulane Avenue near Claiborne.

The procession will take most of the morning, so participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes.

At least 14 Catholic organizations, including the Dominican Sisters of Peace, are scheduled to take part.

It has become a tradition for the Living Way of the Cross march to stop at well known city landmarks that stand in for the original stations of the cross, and use them to illustrate present day social issues.

There are other unique ceremonies as well. At the historic St. Roch Cemetery, Our Lady Star of the Sea Church Pastor Tony Ricard will lead a sizable crowd on the stations of the cross through the cemetery. The procession winds around the walls of the cemetery, and will be held at 10 a.m. and noon.

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