By Havre Daily Staff
Titus Bergren carried his 3-year-old son Isaiah Bergren and a wooden cross down Fifth Avenue Friday morning. Bergren was surrounded by close to 30 other Haverites and guests of varying denominations who came together in somber remembrance. Havre Ministerial Association coordinated the annual event with churches and their members in observance of Good Friday and Jesus Christ's crucifixion on the cross. Bergren said he carried the cross to "remember what Jesus did for us." The group began their journey from First Baptist Church on Sixth Street and ended at New Beginnings Church on Fifth Avenue, where a brief service took place. "The Good Friday Cross Walk has been a long standing tradition in Havre for over 30 years," said Pastor Brad Ulgenes, president of the Havre Ministerial Association and pastor at First Lutheran Church. "The purpose of the Cross Walk is for the Christian Community in Havre to come together and remember the suffering and death of Jesus in a public way," he said. "When Jesus carried his cross to Calvary it was a public event in Jerusalem." During the Cross Walk in Havre, those gathered stop several times to hear part of the "Passion Story" read and to pray together. In Havre, the Cross Walk takes place before noon every Good Friday, along Fifth Avenue. The walk is concluded with a short worship service held at noon at one of the churches. "Since Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection are the central events of the Christian faith, the joint Cross Walk and worship service is also a witness to the community that Christians are joined together as one by Christ through His sacrificial love for the church and the world," Ulgenes said.