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Detroit — One by one, parishioners and guests walked to the center aisle of St. Aloysius Parish and gently kissed the life-size wooden cross.

They were coming face-to-face with the symbol of Jesus Christ, whose crucifixion was commemorated by Christians around the world on Good Friday.

For many metro Detroiters in attendance, the midday service was a time to reflect and remember the story of Christ.

In the Christian religion, it is believed that Jesus was nailed to the cross and died so everyone could be forgiven for their sins.

“It’s a way of reminding ourselves of that,” said Kevin Devine, 53, of Ann Arbor. “It is very contemplative. And I love the music.”

St. Aloysius Deacon Don Leach spoke to the church about showing love and mercy for others.

“To end violence we must be people of compassion knowing that God will raise us up,” Leach said.

Jackie Ouvry of Berkley said she left her downtown office to attend the service.

“I think it provides time for reflection that we don’t get enough of,” said Ouvry, 38. “Just to center myself and go through some of those rituals that prepare you for Easter.”

Eric Parzianello, 51, of Dearborn had also left work for Good Friday service.

“It’s what being a Catholic is all about,” Parzianello said.

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