The tradition of "Praying the Steps" outside Immaculata Church in Mount Adams has been part of the Good Friday tradition for decades.
Catholics across the region go to the Mt. Adams church to take part in the event that dates back to the 1850s.
Catholics observe Good Friday tradition of 'Praying the Steps.' (Photographer: Terry Helmer)
Tri-State residents walk the steps at Holy Cross-Immaculata Church in Mount Adams for Good Friday.
People finish their walking for the Mt. Adams steps Friday morning.
CINCINNATI - A local tradition that goes back generations is observed once again through Friday morning.
Just after midnight Friday, Catholics across the region assembled at Holy Cross-Immaculata Church in Mount Adams to take part in the Good Friday tradition of " Praying the Steps."
"You can do it anyway you want to," " Immaculata on Mt. Adams" author Jim Steiner said. "Some people pray the rosary. Some people pray a prayer on each step."
According to the St. Anthony Messenger website, the parish offers these suggestions for praying the steps:
The activity is associated with the stations of the cross in the story of the crucifixion of Jesus.
The devotion takes place from midnight on Holy Thursday to midnight on Good Friday. As many as 8,000 to 10,000 Catholics, some from around the world, are expected to take part in the religious observance.
The tradition dates back to 1860, when the church was being built.
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