Passion of Christ re-enactment in Takoma Park

      It is a vivid and dramatic re-enactment.

      The Passion of Christ, complete with Pontius Pilate, roman soldiers, distraught women and children. It starts each year at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Takoma Park.

      β€œWhat Jesus did for us by sacrificing his life for everyone. And we all should continue in this walk with him,” says parishioner Jessika Cardenas.

      Thousands gather and then re-create, on busy roads and through quiet neighborhoods, the stations of the cross: Christ's tortured walk to his death on a cross on Good Friday.

      But even as solemn as this day is for Christians, there is an undercurrent of excitement here this year because there is a new pope and new hope.

      Pope Francis, from Argentina, is the first pope from the Americas, and these faithful are part of Washington's growing Hispanic community.

      β€œHis humility is something that we really admire and something that as a Franciscan parish we try to strive for, too,” says Vicky Lopez, a St. Camillus parishioner.

      And as they made their way toward St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring, the sadness of the day was tempered by faith in the resurrection of Easter Sunday.