Between 500 and 600 Christians of all ages and denominations took part in a two-hour Good Friday procession behind a large wooden cross.
All Saints' Anglican Church dean John Hornblow said the annual Pilgrimage of Faith through Palmerston North's CBD was a reflection of the unity of Christians regardless of their labels or ethnicity.
"I've walked this for decades every Good Friday, wouldn't miss it," he said. "We walk in silence, we walk in reflection, and we walk chatting and catching up with people as well, but for us this is probably the most sombre day of the year, when we recall the death of Christ."
The procession began at Wesley Broadway Methodist Church and ended at Gateways Christian Fellowship in Church St, stopping at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, the Salvation Army, St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, All Saints' Anglican Church and St Luke's Lutheran Church.
Hornblow said Easter was about new life and hope. "And we see a responsibility to work for that in our communities."
- Manawatu Standard
If you had a choice, which would you prefer on Christmas day?Related story: Sun takes a Christmas holiday