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Via Crucis has been held continuously at St. Anthony of Padua Parish on Fridays during Lent since 1961. There is no cost to attend. Submitted photo

The Via Crucis, the annual live presentation of the Way of the Cross at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, is currently in the midst of its 62nd presentation. It will be held every Friday during Lent and on Good Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the church, located at Ninth and Dupont streets in Wilmington.

The parish, under the guidance of Oblate Father J. Francis Tucker, began the Lenten tradition in 1933, and it was revived in 1961 by longtime pastor Father Roberto Balducelli, also an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales.

Dozens of youngsters from St. Anthony’s and elsewhere make up the cast of Via Crucis. It is done in pantomime, accompanied by narration and choir music. It lasts about an hour.

There is no charge to attend, although freewill donations are accepted to offset the costs of production and costume maintenance.

Submitted photos.