The annual Good Friday ‘Carrying of the Cross’ march of witness was held in Lisburn on Friday April 6.
The procession gathered at the lower end of Bow Street and, led by the Lisburn City Centre Ministers, made its way along Bow Street to Market Square for a short act of Worship at 12.45pm.
In a change to last year’s march of witness, one young person from each city centre congregation carried the cross, they were: Andrew Wright – Seymour Street Methodist, Jordan Vient – First Lisburn, Timothy Crangle – Christ Church, Christina Hampton – Railway Street, April Reynolds – Lisburn Christian Fellowship, Maeve Drayne – St Patrick’s and Peter McConnell – Lisburn Cathedral.
The Very Rev Dermot McCaughan, Lisburn’s recently installed Parish Priest, welcomed the large crowd; the Rev John Brackenridge – First Lisburn read a portion of Scripture from John 19 vs 17-29 entitled ‘Jesus Appears to His Disciples’; the Rev Paul Dundas – Christ Church and Richard Wright – organist of Seymour Street Methodist led the singing of the well-known hymn, ‘Amazing Grace’ and the Rev Brian Gibson – Railway Street led in prayer.
In a short Easter address, the Rev Brian Anderson – Seymour Street Methodist, spoke about the significance of the Easter story.
In conclusion, the Rev Canon Sam Wright – Lisburn Cathedral gave the blessing after which Pastor George Hilary – Lisburn Christian Fellowship invited everyone to join for refreshments in First Lisburn Presbyterian Church hall.