Doug Peterson and his grandson Micah came to to St. Mary Catholic Church to observe Good Friday.
“Micah and I thought it was a great way to remember what Christ has done for us and all we have to be thankful for,” Peterson said as the 8-year-old helped his grandfather finish the sentence.
“It was a most difficult day for him (Jesus), but a good day for us and that’s why we call it Good Friday,” said Peterson, a retired pastor.
They were among the several hundred people who took part in the annual remembrance held downtown.
After the Cross Walk, the service was held with Ohio Wesleyan University Chaplain Jon Powers reflecting on I Corinthians for the sermon, “The Right to Bare Arms.”
“If we want to fully grasp the meaning of this hour all we need to do is look at the morning newspaper,” Powers said referring to recent events in Syria.
Powers talked about “the divine power of vulnerability. There hangs Jesus, broken and empty for the world,” he said pointing to the cross. “The outstretched arms of God.”
Powers said Christ’s peace can be with us, but not on our terms.
“You can’t have peace with prestige; you can’t have peace with pride; you can’t have peace with possessions; you can’t have peace with power,” he said, concluding his message.
Father Michael Watson welcomed attendees before the hymn “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” was sung.
“This is showing our common faith in our Lord Jesus Christ,” Watson said.
“On this day we remember his death and there is sorrow. But we call it Good Friday because he paid the price for us.”
The solemn service concluded with the tolling of the church bell as a gathering of believers young and old silently exited the church.
Prior to the noon service, participants carried the cross to six locations where local leaders and clergy offered reflections followed by a group response.