23 Photos of Christians Graphically Depicting the Passion of Christ on Good Friday

Christians around the world gathered Friday to celebrate the Passion of Jesus Christ as part of their Holy Week.

Pilgrims in Israel streamed through Jerusalem’s Old City, walking a traditional Good Friday procession that retraces Jesus’ steps along the Via Dolorosa, Latin for the “Way of Suffering.” They followed his 14 stations, saying a prayer at each and ending at the ancient Holy Sepulcher church.

“The most perfect love that was ever seen in the world was when Jesus died for us. He showed us the perfection of love,” one priest said.

Here are pictures of Christians reenacting or bearing their own crosses to symbolize Christ’s death:

Here is footage of the faithful reenacting the Passion of Christ in the Philippines:

Christians believe Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and resurrected on Easter Sunday.

Roman Catholic and Protestant congregations that observe the new, Gregorian calendar, are marking holy week. Orthodox Christians, who follow the old, Julian calendar, will mark Good Friday in May.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.