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Churches observe Good Friday
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Jordan Tomlinson plays the role of Jesus as hes crucified at the corner of Louise Avenue and Main Street during Fridays Manteca Christian Worship Centers Passion Walk in preparation for the churchs Easter Sunday production Heis at 9 and 11 a.m. at the Button Avenue worship center just off Cottage Avenue. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Leo Matthews was taken out of St. Anthony of Padua Church, his ‘lifeless body’ hoisted by classmates during a re-enactment of the crucifixion scene on this Good Friday.

The eighth-grade student at St. Anthony School played the role of Jesus in the annual Living Stations of the Cross.

“It went off well,” said teacher Nancy Hogle, who used most of her eighth-graders on this religious holiday observed during Holy Week.

She’s been conducting the “Living Cross” for the past 20 years.

For Catholics, the Stations of the Cross are a devotion consisting of prayers and meditations before each of 14 crosses or images commemorating the event of the Passion of Jesus.

“We got in seven or eight rehearsals (for the Living Stations),” Hogle said.

Carrying Matthews, who, as Jesus, was crucified at the cross, was Jacob Tolbert, Jacob Kautzer, Joseph Poncini, and Scott Morenzone in the role of soldiers.

Kaitlynn Tarango was Jesus’ mother Mary while Andrew Leja played Simon, Monica Yalung was Veronica, and Zach Hansen had the role of Pontius Pilate.

Molly Moakler, Aleeya Rose, and Yvette Javier played the Women.

Serving as narrators were Zachary Hernandez, Madison Greenlee, Jordan Barajas, and Juliana Casale-Cano.

“Definitely, the music performed by Norma (Orozco) made this re-enactment even more spiritual,” said Hogle.

Orozco has accompanied the St. Anthony students on the “Living Cross” since 1995.