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Parishioners set off on foot to reflect on meaning of Easter

By Alf McCreary

Published 24/03/2016

Thousands of church members will take part over the weekend in Good Friday walks as well as dawn services on Sunday to celebrate Easter
Thousands of church members will take part over the weekend in Good Friday walks as well as dawn services on Sunday to celebrate Easter

Thousands of church members will take part over the weekend in Good Friday walks as well as dawn services on Sunday to celebrate Easter.

An interdenominational passion walk will take place on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, and will cross Belfast from Grosvenor Hall in Glengall Street to the Dock Cafe in the Titanic Quarter of the city's Harbour estate.

Participants will walk at their own pace using a specially-designed audio guide, and will pause at key locations to reflect on significant aspects of the Easter story. Last year a similar event took place involving around 250 people.

Originally developed in Edinburgh by the writer Susan Mansfield, the passion walk was re-designed for Belfast at the invitation of people from several different denominations.

Rev Richard Clutterbuck, Principal of the Methodist Edgehill Theological College, said: "The story of Good Friday is central to the Christian faith, but it can feel distant and unconnected from where and how we live now."

Fr Martin Magill of the Sacred Heart Parish in north Belfast, added: "There was something very poignant about walking, reflecting and observing Belfast in the run-up to Easter."

Rev Steve Stockman, minister of Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, said: "Take time to slow down to a walking pace, then take in your city in ways you have never seen it before."

Participants are asked to book via the website www.passionwalk.org or by phoning 07879014344. There will a donation to help cover costs.

There will also be a prayer walk on Good Friday morning from Star of the Sea Church starting at 10.30am on the Shore Road and moving towards Greencastle. In Londonderry the four main churches will hold a cross-community 'walk of witness' through the city centre on Good Friday. It will begin at noon at St Columb's Hall.

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