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Jonesboro -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Hispanic Community Celebrates Good Friday

April 9, 2004 -- Posted at 8:42 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- Hispanics celebrated the day with their own recreation of the passion of the Christ. More than a hundred people followed a procession of a reenactment of Jesus dragging a cross at the Holy Angels Convent.

Friday afternoon's Spanish re-creation of the Passion of the Christ attracted many of Region 8's Hispanic community.

"It's important to us Catholics because we don't want to forget that Jesus died for us and this is our way of reflecting on this thing that he did for us," said Gabriel Martinez who played Judas.

Organizers say the event is an important tradition to those who are away from their native countries.

"Though they are away from their own country, they feel at home in this way. It's a way they can celebrate as they do in their own country," said Sister Elaine Willette of the Holy Angel Convent.

Most Hispanics say keeping their traditions alive while they are in the United States is important, and the recreation of the Passion of the Christ in Spanish is just one way they can share this moving tradition with their family.

"It's part of my life and it's part of my culture and it's my person and my faith, and important to my faith and is more important than human. The human is half faith and half body," said Anabell Rodriguez who was sharing the tradition with family.

Many Hispanics believe that educating their children is the key to preserving their heritage for the future.

Diana Gomez said, "We always bring studies from our countries and we like to keep them...you know children are important for them to know what is going on you know with church."

"It's a family affair, as you'll notice there will be a lot of children here with the parents, it's not for just one age group. It's for the whole family," said Sister Elaine Willette.

Spanish mass will be held at one 1:00 p.m. Easter Sunday at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

the entire mass will be in Spanish.

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