Saturday, April 3, 2010

They had a cross to bear

Over 200 people from various churches in Eagan and beyond gathered on Good Friday morning for Crosswalk 2010, a 20 year plus tradition originally started by Easter Lutheran Church. The 3 mile walk of rotating participants carrying the wooden cross began at Easter Lutheran (on the hill) and made stops for a scripture reading, prayer and song at each of these route points: St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Eagan City Hall & Police Station, Dakota County Library, Glacier Hills Elementary School, a park, All Saints Lutheran Church, Advent United Methodist Church and finally at Crossroad Church. The wooden cross was erected there just as lighting, thunder and rain began.


  1. Wonderful!
    And the cross is big enough for many to carry.

    Glad the weather let it happen. Glad there was no earthquake to accompany the gathering storm.

  2. I love the last photo! The cross looks quite heavy!

  3. The weather looks very warm for the walk of the faithful. Leif, go to Randy's blog to see his photo of the Santuario at Chimayo, NM where a similar activity takes place that traditionally brings pilgrims from all over the state. We saw part of the walk yesterday but turned back because of the stream of traffic, and since we were observers I thought it was more important for the New Mexicans to be able to participate. PS. I like your choice of classical music for your blog, but, of course, isn't that typical for a St. Olaf grad?!

  4. Hi Leif, Happy Easter to you too! Glad the rain let you finish your cross setting up first... All the best and good luck to your daugther..

    White Monarch
    Happy Easter
    Majestic Mt. Apo

  5. Happy Easter - after the hard work.

  6. A fine tradition to reinforce in the minds of the participants the crucifixion and the Good News of the resurrection.

  7. Wow, that looks heavy.
    More people at the Crosswalking 2010 where you are.
    Looks like you have nice temperatures. I hope you and your family have had a good Easter!

  8. Question: What was the purpose?

  9. Indeed an impressive sight. Nice to see also that there was such many young a folk to participate. Over here it is usually organised by the church and it is only people from "inside" who are allowed to carry it, as the other folk is able to follow the way through the part of the town, and it is mostly done in the dark evening, which makes a bit sad for young people, not able to join.
    Please have a blessed Easter Sunday you all.

  10. A fine custom. I like the photo where the children are struggling with carrying the cross, it looks so lovely. Happy Easter to you Leif and to your family.

  11. Yes, it's a fine custom.
    Happy Easter!

  12. Ciao Leif,
    loved this Easter series. I worked on a film years ago which dealt with the events that took place immediately before and after the crucifixion. It was a very intense experience. It changed me.

    Happy Easter to you and yours.
    Eleonora xx

  13. I see it is a tradition that has become quite popular in just 20 years.


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