IN PHOTOS: Walking in Jesus' Footsteps on Easter

Pilgrims converge on Jerusalem an annual commemoration of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

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A Catholic pilgrim carries a wooden cross along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Good Friday procession on March 25, 2016.
A Catholic pilgrim carries a wooden cross along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Good Friday procession on March 25, 2016. Credit: AFP
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Thousands of Catholics and Protestants are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by following the path in Jerusalem's Old City where, according to tradition, he walked on the way to the cross.

The Good Friday procession passes along the Way of the Cross, or Via Dolorosa, the route believed to have been walked by Jesus to his crucifixion.

Pilgrims from around the world — some with large wooden crosses on their backs — walked the 14 stations along the route, each marking an event that befell Jesus on his final journey.

The final stations are inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified and laid to rest before his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Greek-Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox churches mark Easter Sunday on May 1.

Christian worshippers pray on Good Friday, before a procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City March 25, 2016.
Christian worshippers pray on Good Friday, before a procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City March 25, 2016. Credit: Reuters
A Christian worshipper carries a cross as he poses for picture on Good Friday, before a procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City March 25, 2016.
A Christian worshipper carries a cross as he poses for picture on Good Friday, before a procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City March 25, 2016.Credit: Reuters
Worshippers carry a cross during a Good Friday procession through the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City March 25, 2016.
Worshippers carry a cross during a Good Friday procession through the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City March 25, 2016. Credit: Reuters
A worshipper carries a cross during a Good Friday procession through the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City March 25, 2016.
A worshipper carries a cross during a Good Friday procession through the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City March 25, 2016.Credit: Reuters
Nuns walk through the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City during the Good Friday procession in March 25, 2016.
Nuns walk through the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City during the Good Friday procession in March 25, 2016. Credit: Reuters
A Catholic pilgrim holds a crucifix as she prays along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Good Friday procession on March 25, 2016.
A Catholic pilgrim holds a crucifix as she prays along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Good Friday procession on March 25, 2016. Credit: AFP
Worshippers carry a cross into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher during the Good Friday procession in Jerusalem's Old City March 25, 2016.
Worshippers carry a cross into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher during the Good Friday procession in Jerusalem's Old City March 25, 2016. Credit: Reuters
Catholic pilgrims from Sri Lanka carry a wooden cross along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) as they pray at the 7th station  in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Good Friday procession on March 25, 2016.
Catholic pilgrims from Sri Lanka carry a wooden cross along the Via Dolorosa as they pray at the 7th station in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Good Friday procession on March 25, 2016.Credit: AFP
Catholic pilgrims from India pray at the 5th station of the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Good Friday procession on March 25, 2016.
Catholic pilgrims from India pray at the 5th station of the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Good Friday procession on March 25, 2016. Credit: AFP
Worshippers carry a cross during a Good Friday procession through the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City March 25, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Worshippers carry a cross during a Good Friday procession through the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City March 25, 2016. Credit: Reuters
A Catholic pilgrim prays at the 5th station of the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Good Friday procession on March 25, 2016.
A Catholic pilgrim prays at the 5th station of the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Good Friday procession on March 25, 2016. Credit: AFP
A man holds up crosses during a Good Friday procession through the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City March 25, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
A man holds up crosses during a Good Friday procession through the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City March 25, 2016. Credit: Reuters
Catholic pilgrims from Sri Lanka carry a wooden cross along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) as they pray at the 7th station  in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Good Friday procession on March 25, 2016.
Catholic pilgrims from Sri Lanka carry a wooden cross along the Via Dolorosa as they pray at the 7th station in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Good Friday procession on March 25, 2016.Credit: AFP

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