More that 2 billion Christians around the world will celebrate Easter this Sunday, the day the faithful believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

Before His resurrection came the crucifixion, which is observed on Good Friday, when some Christians participate in the Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross.

Downtown Knoxville churches will host the Stations of the Cross Friday from 5:30 to 6:30. The procession will begin at Market Square then progress through downtown.

The community is welcome and encouraged to participate through reflection and prayer. Participants will also have the opportunity to assist in carrying a wooden cross and a crown of thorns as Jesus did on the first Good Friday.

In case of rain, the event will move to the sanctuary of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral.

The purpose of the Way of the Cross is to help the faithful make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion of Christ.

It has become one of the most popular devotions and the stations can be found in many Western Christian churches, including Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, and Roman Catholic ones.