Peekskill's Assumption Church Re-Enacts The Crucifixion Of Jesus

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The Rev. Vincent Druding as Jesus and members of the Assumption Catholic Church congregation carry out a live re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday, March 29 2013. Video by Art Cusano for The Daily Voice. Photo Credit: thedailypeekskill
The Rev. Vincent Druding as Jesus and members of the Assumption parish re-enact the Stations of the Cross on Friday in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
The Rev. Vincent Druding as Jesus and members of the Assumption parish re-enact the Stations of the Cross on Friday in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
The Rev. Vincent Druding as Jesus and members of the Assumption parish re-enact the Stations of the Cross on Friday in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
The Rev. Vincent Druding as Jesus and members of the Assumption parish re-enact the Stations of the Cross on Friday in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
The Rev. Vincent Druding as Jesus and members of the Assumption parish re-enact the Stations of the Cross on Friday in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
The Rev. Vincent Druding as Jesus and members of the Assumption parish re-enact the Stations of the Cross on Friday in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
The Rev. Vincent Druding as Jesus and members of the Assumption parish re-enact the Stations of the Cross on Friday in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
The Rev. Vincent Druding as Jesus and members of the Assumption parish re-enact the Stations of the Cross on Friday in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
The Rev. Vincent Druding as Jesus and members of the Assumption parish re-enact the Stations of the Cross on Friday in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
The Rev. Vincent Druding as Jesus and members of the Assumption parish re-enact the Stations of the Cross on Friday in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
The Rev. Vincent Druding as Jesus and members of the Assumption parish re-enact the Stations of the Cross on Friday in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
The Rev. Vincent Druding as Jesus and members of the Assumption parish re-enact the Stations of the Cross on Friday in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
The Rev. Vincent Druding after the re-enactment. Photo Credit: Art Cusano

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The Church of the Assumption in Peekskill once again spent much of Good Friday re-enacting the final hours of the life of Jesus Christ as part of its religious celebration of Holy Week.

For the past 11 years, the church congregation has created elaborate sets and costumes to act out the Stations of the Cross, which Catholics and Christians believe document the crucifixion of Jesus, his death and resurrection.

Hundreds of parishioners and other spectators were on hand to watch the dramatic hourlong performance. For the second year, the Rev. Vincent Druding played the role of Jesus, which required him to carry a wooden cross and eventually hang from it.

Video and photos of Friday's re-enactment are featured in the slide show above. To view all of the photos from the event, check out the Peekskill Daily Voice Flickr page.

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caveng97:

The Hispanic community holds a live "Stations of the Cross" procession throughout the Village of Ossining every year on Good Friday. When my son, Cooper, was six, I brought him downtown to see the procession go by, and try as best I could to explain the Passion Play. So we parked in front of the Ossining Bakery and waited for Jesus, the soldiers, Mary, and the thousand or so followers to pass by. Well, the procession stopped right in front of us, and the soldiers proceeded to crucify Jesus right there for Cooper to see. We couldn't leave because our car was blocked in. Well it is nine years later, and I am happy to report that Cooper started talking again last week.

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