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United Methodist Church and many other sites on and near Main Street, the release con tinues. It will conclude at approximately 8:30 a.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, located at 222 S. Palm Ave., with a closing devotion. All pilgrims are invited to stay at Redeemer for the 9 a.m. Morning Prayer service, led by Robinson, Sarasota Vice Mayor Willie Shaw and Deacon Leonardo Pastore of St. Jude Catholic Church, a founding congregation of the Sarasota Ministerial Association, the release says. "Walking the Stations of the Cross is a cen turiesold Christian tradition of remembering and experiencing 14 events along the way of Christ's journey to the cross," the release points out. The Church of the Redeemer's Friday Men's Breakfast Prayer Group founded this tradition of walking down Main Street in 1996; the event began with fewer than 15 participants and has since grown into a multi church and communitywide event with more than 500 "pilgrims" participating last year, the release adds. "Since 2002, the Sarasota Ministerial Association, comprising 60 local area churches and faithbased organizations, has joined Redeemer in being a witness to Sarasota of Christ's redemptive sufferings," the release says. Many of the association's churches will be participating in the walk ing of the Stations of the Cross, with pastors, priests, church leaders and youth groups tak ing part throughout the event and at specific stations. This year, Sarasota Mayor Shannon Snyder and County Commissioner Carolyn Mason will read the First Station, the release notes, and City Commissioner Paul Caragiulo will read the Second Station. Small buses will provide transport to the Hollywood 20 location for those who wish to park at the final station at the Church of the Redeemer, beginning at 6:45 a.m., the release points out. After the 9 a.m. Morning Prayer service, bus transportation will again be offered from Redeemer to Hollywood 20 for pilgrims who parked at the beginning of the route. For more information about walking the Stations of the Cross, call the Redeemer parish office at 9554263 or visit redeemersara For information about the Sarasota Ministerial Association, call its chairman, the Rev. Dr. Tom Pfaff, at 7245018 or visit saraso % Share stories by clicking the icon in the menubar and choosing to share via e-mail, post to Facebook or Twitter, or many other sharing options. QUICK TIP Sarasota News Leader April 11, 2014 Page 129

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