Crossing the bridge

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It was a passion play!

Thousands of Christians commemorated the Passion of Jesus by marching over the Brooklyn Bridge during the 22nd Way of the Cross procession on Good Friday.

Believers walked behind a large wooden cross — carried this year by Bay Ridgite Vitaliy Kuzmin — from St. James Cathedral Basilica in Brooklyn Heights, over the span and into Manhattan, singing hymns during the journey and listened to gospel passages as they reflected on their belief in Jesus’ last days of life and resurrection.

The tradition of carrying the cross over the bridge came to Brooklyn in 1996 when a handful of people walked the span. Since then, it has grown to become a spring custom for thousands who kick off Easter by making the trek each year — a sentiment echoed by at one satisfied participant.

“It was just a good feeling, it’s wonderful to start off a Good Friday in such a lovely way with all of these people,” said Bay Ridge resident Elizabeth Garry, who walked with her family.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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