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Bethlehem churches celebrate Good Friday

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Holy Infancy Church in Bethlehem, the oldest Catholic church in Northampton County, and Christ Church UCC celebrated Good Friday in their own special ways.

"I like all the activities like this because it brings families together and everybody back to church," said Holy Infancy Church member Orlando Morales.

The church held a reenactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The multicultural church brings together Portuguese, English and Spanish speaking communities. The Rev. Andrew Gehringer says the tradition is sacred.

"This tradition of Holy Good Friday is really a time when we allow the mystery of Jesus' life, death and resurrection to penetrate our own lives," Gehringer said.

Rev. Gehringer says our present-day struggles have a lot in common with biblical times.

"This time is no different than the time of Christ. We are experiencing, just like we were then, the suffering due to sin. Sin is what causes suffering and so Jesus is the one who takes away sin and brings us hope for new life," he said.

At Christ Church UCC, the congregation came out to celebrate Good Friday by reenacting the Carrying of the Cross and the death of Jesus. 

Youth Minister David Lee led the reenactment, saying the actors practiced for weeks leading up to the event. 

"To celebrate and to reenact or even show what the death of Christ may have been like is important to me that we get people to stop and take notice as we're walking around," Lee said.

Aiden Sheeran played the role of Jesus in his final moments.

He says by carrying the cross he could relate to what Jesus was going through.

"Towards the end, it started to hurt a little bit but not even close to what he had to feel. So I'm just grateful to be here and it feels great," he said.

Youth Minister Lee says he feels Good Friday has become a lost day for some, and says we wouldn't have the celebration of Easter without the suffering of Good Friday. 

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