For the past few years on Good Friday, I’ve participated in the annual tradition of praying the steps at Holy Cross Immaculata in Cincinnati. This 150 year old tradition dates back to when the church was first built in 1860.
Visitors come anytime between midnight on Holy Thursday until midnight on Good Friday. The lines tend to be longer during the daytime with less crowds later in the evening. Parking is available on the streets nearby. (Make sure that you use your emergency brake because the streets in Mt. Adams have steep inclines.)
The church is located on top of Mt. Adams and offers beautiful view of the city of Cincinnati day or night.
I’m not Catholic but I liked the idea of carving out some time in my day to focus on the meaning of Good Friday. I’ve also been curious about why individuals and families make this ritual an annual tradition each year.
I waited in line for about 45 minutes before reaching the base of the steps. I observed lots of families and also chatted with individuals who also were not Catholic but really enjoyed the experience and came back annually. Everyone in line was very friendly and some even offered food who were nearby in line.
I was given a paper that goes through Stations of the Cross and a rosary cross necklace at the base of the stairs.
If you visit during the day, take a few moments to visit the inside of the church which is beautiful too.
I really enjoyed taking part in a tradition that so many from all of the US look forward to each year. You can find out more this tradition from the church’s website.
Holy Cross Immaculata is located at 30 Guido Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.
You can find out more about Holy Cross Immaculata from their website.