The Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev George Davison, will be guest preacher for Belfast Cathedral’s Three Hour Devotional Service, ‘Seven Words from the Cross,’ this Good Friday, April 15.
This special service, held from 12 noon to 3pm, takes the Seven Words of Jesus spoken from the Cross of Calvary, as recorded by the Gospel writers.
The Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev Stephen Forde, said: “Each year, as we mark the three hours of darkness and Christ’s agony recorded in the gospels, Belfast Cathedral is pleased to host a significant guest preacher who brings their own personal perspective to these passages which take is to the very heart of Jesus suffering and self-understanding.
“Bishop George was installed in Belfast Cathedral on March 13, following a year and a half delay due to Covid. This will be his first opportunity to share his personal reflections on the person of Jesus, in the setting of Belfast Cathedral. The service is punctuated with a number of congregational hymns and also periods of silence. Members of the Belfast Cathedral Past Choristers Association will lead the hymns for the middle hour.”
The service runs from 12 noon to 3pm and is open for anyone to attend. Dean Forde said some will choose to be present for the full three hours, but many will choose a shorter period of time to arrive or leave quietly. Those attending are requested to wear a face covering while moving through the cathedral building, but while seated face coverings can be removed.
Guest preachers in recent years have included Trevor Williams, retired Bishop of Limerick (2017); Robert Gillies, Bishop of Aberdeen (2019); and Harold Miller, former Bishop of Down and Dromore (2021).