Christians in Northern Ireland and across the world yesterday commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions.
Among events to take place in the Province was a “Walk of Witness” in Lisburn.
Organised by ministers from churches in the city centre – First Lisburn Presbyterian, Railway Street Presbyterian, Seymour Street Methodist, St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Lisburn Cathedral, Christ Church Parish and Lisburn Christian Fellowship – the procession gathered at the lower end of Bow Street at 12.30pm and made its way along Bow Street to the front of Lisburn Cathedral for a short act of worship.
In Dublin, the annual Good Friday “Way of the Cross” procession took place from the Wellington Monument to the Papal Cross in Phoenix Park.
Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, used the occasion to say those behind drug abuse and criminal violence in Ireland are ruining lives without even having the courage to show their faces
In Dover, Kent, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby carried a cross during the Procession of Witness ahead of delivering a sermon in the market square.
And in the Holy Land, thousands of Christian pilgrims filled the cobblestone alleyways of Jerusalem’s Old City along the Via Dolorosa, Latin for the “Way of Suffering”.
They were carrying wooden crosses and following the 14 stations, ending at the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Tradition says the church was built on the site where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.
• The Dublin Unitarian Church yesterday held its 14th annual service to commemorate the more than 3,500 people who have died as a result of the conflict in Northern Ireland. At 12 midday, church members started solemnly reading out the names of the dead in alphabetical order.