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Spirit of the season

3/30/2013

'Stations of the Cross' visual depiction stirs the emotions.

'Stations of the Cross' visual depiction stirs the emotions.

By RACHAEL GRAY

rgray@gctelegram.com

What the youth like most about the "Stations of the Cross" visual depiction of the day that Jesus was crucified is the chance to get people into the Easter spirit.

The Good Friday presentation, a collaboration between the Salvation Army Youth Group members and the Garden City Church of the Brethren, is in its third year, according to Robert DeLeon, community center and youth director for the Salvation Army.

"The first year, one lady was so moved. She came out and had tears in her eyes. She just said, 'Thank you. It really showed what Christ did for us,'" he said.

DeLeon said the depiction of the stations gets people in the mood for Easter.

"It really gives the true meaning of Easter," he said.

He also said it's a great way to bring the Salvation Army and the Church of the Brethren together.

"It's a great partnership, especially for Easter. And the kids love doing this," he said.

Aaron McDonald Lyons, Israel Reyes and Charlie Chavez were three of the Salvation Army Youth who took part in the program.

McDonald Lyons, 16, a freshman at Garden City High School, said he got involved with the Salvation Army Youth Group through friends.

In the depiction, he plays Simon.

He said he enjoys being part of the live show and the youth group.

"It's something to do other than being bored at home," he said.

Charlie Chavez, 17, a GCHS junior, played Pontius Pilate.

Chavez said he likes his character because he just has to sit and point during the Stations of the Cross.

He's been involved in the event for two years.

"I like it. It shows what really happened. I love to see people's reaction," he said.

Reyes, 16, a GCHS sophomore, said he had already been coming to the Church of the Bethren.

Wearing robes and a crown of thorns, Reyes played Jesus in the live depiction.

"I love seeing the reaction," he said. "People get to actually see what happens to Christ. It really touches them. It's beautiful."

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