( Jerusalem - AP )  Christians in the Holy Land have commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City.

Thousands of Christian pilgrims filled the cobblestone alleyways of the Old City on Friday along the Via Dolorosa, Latin for the "Way of Suffering."

They carried wooden crosses and followed the 14 stations ending at the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Tradition says the church was built on the site where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

In Rochester,  the 15th Annual Procession of the Way of the Cross will take place this afternoon, beginning with a gathering at the Government Center at 3:45. The procession will leave there at 4 p.m.and make its way to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, making two stops along the way. All are welcome to take part.

2013 Procession of the Way of the Cross/Rochester


According to the Gospels, Jesus ate his last supper — a Passover meal — hours before he was betrayed. Christians believe Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and resurrected on Easter Sunday.

The Easter holiday and Jewish Passover coincide this year.