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Leechburg cross walk attracts worshipers, turns heads

Chuck Biedka

About 25 Leechburg-area Christians ignored nonstop rain to observe Good Friday in preparation for Easter Sunday.

The umbrella-toting group, led by pastors, hammered 3-foot-tall replica crosses at Veterans Park and key intersections in the borough.

The group turned heads everywhere it went.

At each stop, Bible readings recalled the fulfillment of Holy Week prophecy. Then prayers were offered for the community, first responders, military and veterans.

At the corner of Main and First streets, a cross was installed. Prayers were offered for Leechburg Area School District students and staff.

Cross Roads Presbyterian Church’s sign summed up the celebration: “Easter reminds us how much we are loved.”

Sarah Ashbaugh, a young girl accompanied by her mother, Nicole Ashbaugh, appeared to be the youngest to readily step up and wield a hammer.

“I believe in Christ,” she said.

Angie Commodore happily walked with the group.

“I believe in the Lord and I believe in hope, respect and kindness to everyone,” she said.

Prayers offered on Main Street were for residents of the senior-citizen high rises and others who rent residences.

“This is the first cross walk since I have been in Leechburg since 2011,” said the Rev. James Arter, pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter .


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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
The Rev. Jim Arter of The First Lutheran Church in Leechburg pulls a wagon full of crosses down Main Street as the Rev. Ryan Pusch of the Hebron Lutheran Church joins in a cross walk through downtown Leechburg on Friday, April 19, 2019. Multiple churches and denominations participated in the event.
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