Students Carry Cross Through Strongsville

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STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- In the tradition of Good Friday, some Strongsville High School students and local residents gathered to carry a large wooden cross through town to the city's commons square.

They sang and prayed before their journey; it's the 7th year the Fellowship of Christian Athletes have carried the cross on Good Friday.

"What you are seeing is an overflow of enthusiasm from our youth that are celebrating Good Friday, because to them it's a matter of fact that he has risen,” said Sam Lombardo, director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

"Christ's journey to the cross was his final journey carrying all of our sins, and once he was nailed, and he was crucified, and obviously Easter Sunday when he rose from the dead to forgives us for all our sins," said Dave Potter, of Strongsville.

One by one, members of the group took turns carrying the wooden cross. Some say this yearly event is a way for people to give back.

"It's very moving that he sacrificed himself for us, and it was a very, very moving time,” said student Jennifer Stiene.

"My Lord has given me so many opportunities, so many miracles in my life -- this is more like returning the favor,” said student Jarrod Mullen.

Each person that participated in the one-mile cross walk received a nail, which they hammered into the cross.

"Each one of those nails represents our own hypocrisy as a reminder that no one walks without sin and it's a tough life, and these nails represent our own humanity," said Dave Potter.

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