Cross for Good Friday procession serves as tribute to man who bu - Tucson News Now

Cross for Good Friday procession serves as tribute to man who built it

David Herrera (Source: Facebook) David Herrera (Source: Facebook)
The cross built by the late David Hererra is hollow, so much lighter than the wooden cross previously used for the procession. (Source: KOLD News 13) The cross built by the late David Hererra is hollow, so much lighter than the wooden cross previously used for the procession. (Source: KOLD News 13)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Good Friday is today, kicking off Easter weekend for Christians around the world. Christians in Tucson have their own tradition to celebrate the start of Easter weekend: the procession of the cross up "A" Mountain. This year though, the procession is missing someone - the man who built the cross 25 years ago.

Organizers of the procession say Dave Herrera, who died in November, was a mentor to many and was very loved by the community that puts on the procession each year. He built the current cross used in the processions. His cross is much lighter and hollowed out compared to that of the previously used cross made entirely of wood.

Every year he would clean up the cross, sealing cracks and fixing loose nails. After his passing in October, his mentee Antonio Pinarosantidanez says that they wanted to leave the cross looking more rugged as an ode to their late mentor.

"We want to show everybody all the screws that are there and all the cracks that are there and all the places that the wood is being pressed because for a part of us that's how our group is now. Without Dave it's like each screw is holding the cross just how like one another of the group is holding on," Pinarosantidanez said.

This year will be the first time that the cross will be carried without its maker.

READ MORE: Good Friday procession, Easter services restrict 'A' Mountain access

MOBILE USERS: Download the Tucson News Now app for Apple and Android devices.

Copyright 2018 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Teen death in van: Family storms out of city hall after councilman 'crossed the line'

    Teen death in van: Family storms out of city hall after councilman 'crossed the line'

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 10:32 AM EDT2018-04-18 14:32:46 GMT
    Kyle Plush's uncle confronts Councilman Wendell Young, saying he "crossed the line" at Tuesday's City Council meeting. (FOX19 NOW)Kyle Plush's uncle confronts Councilman Wendell Young, saying he "crossed the line" at Tuesday's City Council meeting. (FOX19 NOW)

    Kyle Plush's family stormed out of a City Hall meeting after sitting through five hours of testimony Tuesday, saying one councilman "crossed the line."

    Kyle Plush's family stormed out of a City Hall meeting after sitting through five hours of testimony Tuesday, saying one councilman "crossed the line."

  • Substitute teacher saves teens from sex offender

    Substitute teacher saves teens from sex offender

    Thursday, April 19 2018 12:33 AM EDT2018-04-19 04:33:23 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:39 AM EDT2018-04-19 05:39:27 GMT

    The man reportedly told two teenagers he didn’t have a problem having sex with juveniles, as long as it was “consensual.”

    The man reportedly told two teenagers he didn’t have a problem having sex with juveniles, as long as it was “consensual.”

  • Fresno State professor who called Barbara Bush an amazing racist: 'I will never be fired'

    Fresno State professor who called Barbara Bush an amazing racist: 'I will never be fired'

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 5:40 PM EDT2018-04-18 21:40:35 GMT
    Wednesday, April 18 2018 11:20 PM EDT2018-04-19 03:20:33 GMT

    Shortly after America learned of the death of former first lady Barbara Bush on Tuesday, English professor Randa Jarrar used her verified Twitter account to share her views on Mrs. Bush.

    Shortly after America learned of the death of former first lady Barbara Bush on Tuesday, English professor Randa Jarrar used her verified Twitter account to share her views on Mrs. Bush.

Powered by Frankly