The faithful gather at Biloxi Nativity BVM Cathedral and online to observe Stations of the Cross

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The annual Stations of the Cross had limited attendance this year due to COVID-19 gathering guidelines, but News 25’s Toni Miles takes us behind the scenes as the faithful observed this year’s Stations of the Cross at noon today at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral in Biloxi and online.

Typically on Good Friday the Nativity BVM Cathedral in Biloxi would be packed with parishioners as those of the Catholic faith go through the Stations of the Cross, a 14-step devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man more than 2,000 years ago.

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This year’s gathering was limited to less than 10 people due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, but it’s purpose remains the same. Bishop Louis F. Kihneman III said, “It’s really us walking with Jesus through His Passion and Death and preparing for the Resurrection. Each of the Stations marks one of the special moments that’s in Holy Scripture about what happened to Jesus in His Passion and Death.”

Father Dennis Carver served as presider of this year’s Station of the Cross from the first station when Jesus Christ was condemned to death to the 14th.

It’s a time for the faithful to pray and reflect on lent and service to others. Bishop Kihneman III was on hand for this year’s livestreamed devotion along with local Catholic parishioner Juliana Skelton and countless others of the Catholic faith who watched online. “We’re respecting the shelter in place. We’re trying to keep our distance also with each other. We’re trying to provide through social media the social and spiritual communion together as a Church.”

The faithful throughout the world are observing Stations of the Cross this Good Friday, but this isn’t the end of the story. “There is a 15th Station – and the 15th Station is the Resurrection of Jesus. On Good Friday we don’t celebrate that Station, but we do for Holy Saturday.”

Stations of the Cross was followed by Veneration of the Cross at 3 p.m. this afternoon.

You can watch the Holy Saturday Vigil tomorrow at 7 p.m. and Easter Sunday Mass at 11 a.m. Both events will be livestreamed on the Facebook page for the Biloxi Diocese and on Instagram on @KihnemanBP.

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Toni started at WXXV News 25 in December of 2013, just three months after the news was launched. She has served as Assignment Editor, anchored for nearly two years, worked as a reporter for several years and hosted Coastal Connections for more than four years. Toni graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was editor of the Student Printz. She then did an internship on Capitol Hill, working for a U.S. Senator, then returned to Mississippi as a reporter at WDAM in Hattiesburg. After that, she moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, working as a reporter for FOX 25 in Biloxi, then crossing city lines to work at WLOX-TV news in Biloxi, starting out as a producer, then working as a photographer, reporter, weekend assignment editor and weekend anchor. She was among the station team that won the Edward Murrow and Peabody awards for coverage during Hurricane Katrina. Toni moved to the Lone Star State where she worked as the morning and noon anchor, investigative reporter and live shot reporter for KZTV Action 10 News, then KRIS TV News in Corpus Christi, Texas. Toni moved back to the Magnolia State to be with and take care of her family, working as a multi-media journalist and fill-in anchor at WDBD Fox 40 news in Jackson. After almost completing a second degree in filmmaking at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Toni transitioned back to news at News 25. Toni is blessed to have a wonderful support network of close family, friends and mentors, and she hopes to pay it forward. She has a three-legged chiweenie named Rocky Balboa because of his fighting spirit. She loves writing and has completed a novel that has been adapted into a screenplay, and has just finished another screenplay called "Delta Rose." She's currently working on a new legal thriller called "Fall From Grace." Stay tuned.... If you’d like to book a live in studio interview on News 25 Today, just email: tmiles@wxxv25.com. These interviews can have up to two guests, last about two minutes and showcase community events, non-profit organizations and things of interest to people in our area…and they’re FREE! Just send information about your event, including date, time, location, contact number and/or website for viewers wanting more information, along with the proper name and titles of the person or two people who will be interviewed, and Toni or producer Porsha Williams (pwilliams@wxxv25.com) will get back with you via email in a timely manner to book a date. Typical interview times are daily at: 5:45, 6:45, 7:45 or 8:45 am. Guests are asked to arrive about 30 minutes beforehand. You can also ask about booking a live shot on location for news events for our 6 and 7 am newscasts. We look forwarding to having you!

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