Pilgrimage for Immigrants walks through Macon

Pilgrimage for Immigrants walks through Macon

The TelegraphApril 13, 2014 

Immigrant_Pilgrimage

Rutland High School student Eric Vasquez carries the cross of the 6th Annual Holy Week Pilgrimage for Immigrants while talking with Anton Flores, left, one of the event's organizers, Sunday evening in Macon. The Macon leg of the walk began and ended at Centenary Church. Sunday was the first leg of the walk which will go to a number of different Georgia cities throughout Holy Week. According to Anton Flores, The aim of the event is to connect the teachings of Jesus to the goals of those seeking immigration reform. "It is a prayer with feet where we're hoping to build bridges with one another," Flores said, "Just as Jesus called us to welcome the stranger back then, Jesus calls us to welcome the stranger today." "It is a hopeful, prayerful, contemplative walk," he said. After the Macon leg, the pilgrimage will head to Chamblee, Lawrenceville, Atlanta and Cartersville on the same day, a Maundy Thursday observance in Marietta in which US citizens will wash the feet of immigrants and then finally a Good Friday finish in downtown Atlanta.

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Rutland High School student Eric Vasquez carries the cross of the 6th Annual Holy Week Pilgrimage for Immigrants while talking with Anton Flores, left, one of the event's organizers, Sunday evening in Macon. The Macon leg of the walk began and ended at Centenary Church.

Sunday was the first leg of the walk which will go to a number of different Georgia cities throughout Holy Week.

According to Anton Flores, The aim of the event is to connect the teachings of Jesus to the goals of those seeking immigration reform.

"It is a prayer with feet where we're hoping to build bridges with one another," Flores said, "Just as Jesus called us to welcome the stranger back then, Jesus calls us to welcome the stranger today."

"It is a hopeful, prayerful, contemplative walk," he said.

After the Macon leg, the pilgrimage will head to Chamblee, Lawrenceville, Atlanta and Cartersville on the same day, a Maundy Thursday observance in Marietta in which US citizens will wash the feet of immigrants and then finally a Good Friday finish in downtown Atlanta.

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