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Veronica, played by Amanda Houston, holds up an image of Jesus for the audience at  St. Mary of the Assumption church, as Simon, played by Javier Aguirre holds the cross for Jesus, played by Trenton Carter. St. Mary of the Assumption School students reenacted the Passion of Christ and during a Good Friday service.                                      

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Students at St. Mary of the Assumption School re-enacted the Passion of Christ and performed the Living Stations of the Cross at noon Friday in the St. Mary of the Assumption Church.

More than 15 middle school students act out Stations of the Cross, a physical representation of the believed crucifixion, death and resurrection of a central religious figure.

Michelle Cox, principal at St. Mary’s, said in a press release Thursday that millions of Christians observe the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, the Friday before Easter.

She said 14 Stations of the Cross represent Jesus Christ’s suffering and death during his last day.

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“Watching the Stations being performed live is a powerful expression of faith and God’s love for us,” Cox said. “Being selected to re-enact the events is an honor for our students. Their hard work and time dedicated to rehearsing the Stations is truly inspirational.”

St. Mary of the Assumption School, founded September 14, 1938, is the Santa Maria Valley’s oldest Catholic School that advocates a grounding in Christian values.

“Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection are central to what Christians believe,” said the Rev. Paul O’Donnell, the church’s pastor. “The Stations help tell the story of the sacrifices He made for us.”

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