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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Good Friday services were being held throughout the area today, as Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus.

It’s a day of prayers, processions, and crucifixion reenactments.

At the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion in center city Philadelphia (2111 Sansom Street), pastors Kari Hart and Stephen Keiser departed from tradition.

“This is the first year that we’re actually doing the Stations of the Cross,” Keiser says.  “In the past what we’ve done is, at noon, a simple reading of the Passion story.  But this year, in order to enrich the faith life of our congregation, we’re using this very ancient tradition, the Stations of the Cross, as a means of meditating.”

At the Cathedral Basilica of Saints and Paul, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia offered prayer and confession from 12 noon to 3pm.

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