Locals to follow the cross

Published 8:00 pm Monday, March 18, 2019

By Libby Criswell
Daily News

LaGrange’s Biblical History Center will be reminding the community of the true meaning of Easter from March 19 until April 20 with their annual Follow the Cross Walk event. 

Tours will take place on Tuesdays through Saturdays, and reservations are required. 

“Our Follow the Cross Walks are set up a lot like our regular tours, but instead of covering the information that we normally cover, we focus on Holy Week,” said Christy Barker, the assistant curator and docent at the Biblical History Center. “It helps us focus on Easter, which I think is really neat, but also, it brings the people of LaGrange together. [This is] something fun to do with family and friends to celebrate the Easter season.”

The tours normally begin with Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and conclude with his burial and resurrection. Additional topics covered during the tour will include in-depth information about Roman style crucifixions and first-century burial practices, as well as many other fascinating biblical and historical details. 

“I just think it is a really amazing experience,” Barker said. “For Christians, it’s really cool, but honestly, no matter what your faith practice is, it really brings the Bible to life. It really makes certain verses make more sense. You can kind of picture it the next time you read or the next time you go to church.”

As well as taking a tour, guests also have the option to participate in a Biblical meal. The meal will be a four-course Middle Eastern and Mediterranean style meal, and during this time, guests will learn about the Passover and the Last Supper. Barker said those who choose to enjoy the Biblical meal will walk away with a better understanding of the importance of Biblical meal times and what those mentioned in the Bible were like. 

The cost of attending a Follow the Cross Walk tour is $20 per adult and $15 per child. With the addition of a Biblical meal, the total cost of attending is $40 per adult and $25 per child. 

“I like to tell people that [the Follow the Cross Walk] is like a trip to Israel without having to get on a plane,” Barker said. “We’re booking up fast but have lots of other exciting programs going on throughout the year. We would love for the local community to come and join us.”