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Passion play moves many to tears (w/video)

By Elena Watts
April 18, 2014 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated April 17, 2014 at 11:18 p.m.

Veronica, played by Socorro Davila, wipes the face of Jesus, played by Father Alfonso Serna, at the sixth station during via crucis, or the stations of the cross, which ended at Capilla de la Santisima Trinidad in Victoria.

Father Alfonso Serna of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church carried a crucifix through the streets of Victoria, re-enacting Jesus' final walk to Calvary during the church's annual Good Friday Passion play.

"People are desensitized, and this brings them back to real life," Serna said. "This is a very personal experience."

Our Lady of Sorrows and its sister church, Santisima Trinidad, have performed the "Passion of the Lord" in Victoria for more than 40 years.

More than 200 worshipers followed Serna as he carried a cross about a mile from Holy Trinity Chapel to Capilla de la Santisima Trinidad.

"People become emotional when they see Jesus fall for the first time, and instead of love, they see hate," Serna said. "When you don't respect human dignity, it really affects people."

When the crowd reaches the chapel, Serna and two men portraying criminals also destined for a torturous crucifixion were tied to crosses.

"The last words Jesus spoke on the cross are the most powerful part of the play," Serna said.

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