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Drivers on Dixie this weekend likely were reminded of Holy Week and the upcoming Easter holiday as they caught a glimpse of a cross being carried along the highway.
Members of Evangel World Prayer Center observed the start of Holy Week on Saturday with a Walk of the Cross in Elizabethtown and Radcliff. A group began a trek from the courthouse in Elizabethtown and followed Dixie Avenue, and another group walked south on Dixie Boulevard from Wilson Road in Radcliff.
The church began hosting the event five years ago, said member DeLillian Romero, the pastor’s wife. This is the first year for the event to feature two groups and to include Radcliff, she said. The church is opening another location in Radcliff in April, so they wanted to include that city as well.
The church began the walk because their host church, Evangel World Prayer Center in Louisville, has held a Walk of the Cross event for several years, Romero said.
Romero said members pray for communities and businesses as they pass by.
“We walk to stand up for Christ,” she said.
The event also helps prepare the congregation for the National Day of Prayer, which takes place May 2, church secretary Linda Maree said. The National Day of Prayer was created by Congress in 1952 and signed into law by President Harry Truman. Its purpose is to call Americans to pray for the nation.
The walk also prepared them for today, Palm Sunday, when the Bible tells of Jesus being greeted enthusiastically as he entered Jerusalem, and is the beginning of Holy Week, Romero said.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.