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Thousands gather for Easter Sunday in Jerusalem's Old City for the Way of Cross walk


Christian worshippers take part in a Good Friday procession along the Via Dolorosa amid eased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, during Easter Holy Week in Jerusalem's Old City April 2, 2021.

(photo credit: AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS)


The ceremony took on new meaning in 2021, with Jerusalem finally allowing religious mass gatherings due to its successful vaccination rollout.


Thousands gathered in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem's OId City Friday for the Way of the Cross procession, retracing Jesus's last steps before his crucifixion, The New York Post reported.


The ceremony, held on Good Friday, comes before the holiday of Easter, which commemorates the resurrection of Jesus following his death on the cross.


But the ceremony took on new meaning in 2021, with Jerusalem finally allowing religious mass gatherings due to its successful vaccination rollout which saw a massive decline in COVID-19 cases.


This had also led to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre being allowed to open to the public last week for Palm Sunday.


The scene was very different from 2020, which saw celebrations and religious gatherings canceled due to the pandemic.

From an article in The Jerusalem Post Read the rest of the article here


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