CLEVELAND - Christians across northeast Ohio participated in Good Friday services and activities ahead of Easter Sunday.
"We take time to remember our families, God, Jesus, what happened," said Michelle Marquard, a Fairview Park resident who attended Good Friday service at the historic St. John Cathedral in downtown Cleveland.
Christians observe Good Friday as a day of mourning in remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
"(I'm going to) maybe say a prayer to Jesus," said Marquard's son, Chris, who is 7 years old. He also said he was going to pray for his mom, grandmother, uncle and great-grandmother Friday at St. John Cathedral.
The cathedral's service included the reading of the "Passion of Jesus Christ," the veneration of the cross and communion.
"This is the first time I've actually been to a Catholic service since my childhood, so I'm looking to reconnect with my roots," said Christian Standridge, a Cleveland resident, who recently finished studying Catholicism in school. He was interested to participate in the St. John's service.
Standridge's partner, Cleveland resident Zsolt Bognar, used to be in the cathedral's choir, and was interested in hearing the music and seeing the Cathedral's architecture Friday.
"It's a beautiful setting here," Bognar said. "The cathedral has such a historic place in downtown Cleveland, and it's a beautiful place. I love being here."
of people, in keeping with Hispanic tradition, processed through city streets carrying the cross of Jesus. The procession began at La Sagrada Familia parish at 7719 Detroit Ave. and concluded at St. Michael's Parish at 3114 Scranton Rd.