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2020 Good Friday Prayer Walk canceled due to quarantine

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (March 27, 2020) – “We are very sad about it,” said Megan Roe. “However, however, due to these unbelievable times, it’s the right thing to do.”

Roe is the Office Manager at Trinity Lutheran Church, and Trinity is one of the organizers and main participants in the Good Friday Prayer Walk that has become a Lansing tradition. It was officially decided on Friday, March 27, to cancel what would have been the fourth annual observance.

From left: Pastor Jonathan Vitale of Lansing Assembly, Fr. Mark Kalema of St. Ann, Pastor Leroy Childress of Grace, Pastor LeVar Young of Increasing Faith Ministries, Rev. Mike Eberly of Cornerstone, Pastor David Price of First United Methodist, and Rev. John Holyer of Trinity Lutheran led last year’s Good Friday Prayer Walk. (Photo: Megan Roe)

In a typical year, all local churches are invited to participate in the Good Friday Prayer Walk. Following a large wooden cross, and escorted by Lansing police, hundreds of participants walk south on Chicago Avenue to Ridge Road, then west to Glen Terrace, stopping at 14 points between St. Ann Catholic Church and Trinity Lutheran Church for prayer and Scripture readings. Though most of the event takes place outside, the size of the crowd would have made it impossible to observe safe social distances.

The event would have been held on April 10 this year.

In 2021, Good Friday will fall on April 2.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.