His Sorrowful Passion

Bishop Flores to lead Via Crucis at basilica on Good Friday 

The Valley Catholic

SAN JUAN — For the last 18 years, Brenda Nettles Riojas, director of communications for the diocese and editor of The Valley Catholic, has spent every Good Friday marking the Stations of the Cross on the grounds of the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine, remembering Jesus Christ’s final hours.

“It’s like you’re walking with Christ and at each stop, each station you are reminded of the suffering that he went through and you’re experiencing it a little closer,” she said. 

About 1,000 people walk the Stations of the Cross at the basilica on Good Friday, which is led by the bishop. 

“I think the beautiful part too is coming together with community,” Riojas said. “You run into some of the same faces year after year.

“We are accompanying Christ on this journey. It’s kind of a culminating moment for your Lenten journey. These are the last stages of Christ’s suffering and what he went through.”

Deacon Jesus P. Galvan who serves at the basilica said the atmosphere during the Via Crucis on Good Friday is somber, yet beautiful and uplifting. He especially enjoys the singing of traditional hymns in between stations.

Deacon Galvan added that we grow in faith every time we walk the Stations of the Cross.

“We understand more deeply how much Jesus suffered for us,” Deacon Galvan said. “We understand more deeply how much he loves us.”

“The strongest image I always take with me is the hand with the nail in it,” Riojas said. “You feel that pain that was all because of love.”



When: noon, Good Friday, April 14, 2017
Where: Grounds of the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine
More information: (956) 787-0033 or http://www.olsjbasilica.org/

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Publisher: Bishop Daniel E. Flores
Editor: Brenda Nettles Riojas