Church pastor Frankie Weir didn't restrict himself to just leading the prayers beseeching higher powers to ensure the safe return of tragic Belfast teenager Noah Donohoe to his mother in recent days.
Instead, the north Belfast cleric also spent hours searching the streets for the missing youngster, unaware that, all the while, his body was lying in a storm drain in shrubland in the Northwood Road area off the Shore Road, where Pastor Weir lives.
The pastor was just one of hundreds of people from both sides of the north Belfast divide who forgot any differences they might have had to look for the St Malachy's College student after his mystery disappearance 13 days ago following a bicycle ride through the city.
"Not once did I hear anyone talk about religion, or schools. All we wanted to do was to find Noah", said the father-of-two, who is also the kit-man for Crusaders Football Club, which supports the Hubb community centre, which was a base for the searches and a feeding point for the volunteers.
The coming together was a ray of light in a troubled part of Belfast, which even in the less violent years of late has struggled to shake off its paramilitary notoriety and to persuade outsiders that there's more to the area than the "murder mile" once terrorised by ruthless killer gangs and long-running protests, even longer-standing peace walls and stand-offs over marches, not to mention attacks on children going to and coming from school.
The 10 days between Noah Donohoe's disappearance and his funeral on Wednesday may not have changed the world, but they definitely altered the perceptions about a district where tensions between Protestants and Catholics had been grabbing the headlines just a short time before the schoolboy went missing.
One leading loyalist said that Noah had united north Belfast: "People from every community came out to search for him and to take part in vigils.
"There was no sectarianism, no nothing. It was all about Noah. He touched everyone's hearts, near and far."
Pastor Weir, who ministers at the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle on the Shore Road, saw Noah's bike shortly after he abandoned it, but he didn't appreciate the significance of what he'd spotted on Northwood Road on Sunday, June 21.
"I was driving up the road and saw a bicycle outside a house, but there was no one anywhere near it and I just thought it belonged to one of the children in the area," he said.
Neighbour Karen Crooks also assumed a local child owned the black Apollo mountain bike, but after reading reports of Noah's disappearance and a description of the bicycle she knew it must be his and called the police.
Karen has said she wished she could have done more, but friends and neighbours have tried to reassure her that, by raising the alarm, she played a part in the eventual discovery of Noah in a storm drain behind her home.
It was only with the arrival of the PSNI in the Northwood Road cul-de-sac that many other people in the area knew that something was wrong.
Police had been searching for Noah after his mother, Fiona, said he hadn't come home. And, slowly but surely, investigators built up a route-map and a timeline of his journey from his house in the Ormeau Road area to the north of the city, where there were reports that he had fallen off his bicycle.
But police didn't have a clear picture of where he might have gone afterwards. And it was the discovery of the Apollo bike that helped to focus their inquiries on the Shore Road area.
Pastor Weir said his neighbours were distraught and resolved to mount a hunt for Noah.
"People were very upset. There are a lot of children in this area and everyone was thinking about their own kids and what if it had been them who'd gone missing. But none of us had any idea how bad it would all turn out."
As police released more details about Noah, they appealed for help from the public, particularly in the Shore Road area.
Detectives had recovered CCTV footage of a disorientated Noah removing his clothes and doctors said that it wasn't unusual for the temperatures of people who sustained head injuries to soar and for them to seek a cooler, darker place for solace away from the light.
Police also gathered up other CCTV footage and Pastor Weir supplied them with dashcam pictures which showed Noah's bicycle on Northwood Road.
As concerns for Noah intensified, so, too, did the searches. Fiona Donohoe issued a moving appeal for help to find "my baby", saying what had been reported about her son's behaviour was totally out of character for him.
Hundreds of local people combed every inch of the area; garages and sheds were checked and re-checked and it soon emerged that people from every faith - and none - were searching for Noah.
Whitewell Tabernacle pastor, David Purse, whose policeman father, also called David, was murdered by the IRA at Crusaders’ Seaview football ground directly opposite Northwood Road, said the coming together of people in north Belfast to search for Noah and to support his family was uplifting.
“It didn’t matter what side of the community Noah came from, everyone was in it together. We are all in the same race — the human race,” he said.
“At our church, we were praying for Noah on all our online broadcasts after we heard he had gone missing. I have three sons, who are, admittedly, all older than Noah. We all tried to put ourselves in his mother’s shoes, but it’s still unimaginable to think what that poor lady had been going through.
“Having to cope with the disappearance of a child on top of the pandemic crisis and to later realise he died has been heart-wrenching.”
At Grove Park, police estimated that upwards of 1,000 people, again from every part of the city, gathered for a vigil for Noah.
And what made the event even more significant was the fact that the very same park had been at the centre of sectarian divisions just before the boy went missing.
An anti-GAA banner and graffiti had appeared in the park and there were reports that loyalists had told Catholics to leave.
The DUP countered that anti-unionist messages and contentious flags had also gone up in the park.
Pastor Brian Madden, from Maghaberry Elim Pentecostal Church, who lives in north Belfast, conducted the vigil. He also took part in some of the searches.
“The turnout at the vigil and at the searches was amazing. People from everywhere wanted to show their empathy with Noah’s family,” he said.
“Noah’s plight was really quite awful and some of the police officers I spoke to said they had never experienced the like of his disappearance in all their years of policing.”
Pastor Madden, who was among the mourners who gathered outside St Patrick’s church in Donegall Street for the teenager’s funeral, said he had been in regular contact with Noah’s family.
“In all my years of ministry, Noah’s relatives have been one of the most dignified and humble families I have ever met. They are very gracious people.”
The search for Noah had ended in the worst possible way a week ago with the discovery of his body in the storm drain by the PSNI, who ruled out foul play.
Some local people have claimed that a new locking system was installed at the entrance to the drain after Noah’s body was found.
Dozens of Community Rescue Service (CRS) volunteers, who’d been looking for Noah for six days, were devastated by the sad outcome of the search for the boy who had captured the hearts of people right across Northern Ireland.
Darren Harper, the CRS unit commander for Belfast, said: “There were a lot of tears shed after specialist PSNI search teams found Noah. A lot of the volunteers have children of their own around the same age and, for a long time, there was still hope that Noah would be found alive, because we have in the past located people who have been missing for four or five days.
“At any given time, we had a minimum of 50 volunteers on the ground and, after reviewing the video footage, we were convinced that Noah was probably somewhere close to where his bicycle was found. We had no evidence to indicate that he had left the area.”
Darren praised the “unbelievable” response from people in north Belfast.
“I have never seen anything like it. As well as the searching, the amount of tea and food we received was astonishing. And it was remarkable to see people, Protestants and Catholics, coming to north Belfast to search for Noah from all over the city, as well as carloads from places as far away as Ballymena and Ballymoney.”
One positive note for the CRS was the number of inquiries they received from people who wanted to become volunteers in the organisation.
“They’ve all been told about the 13-week training programme and that it’s not as easy as us giving you a torch and saying, ‘There you go’,” said Darren.
It still isn’t known where Noah was planning to go after leaving his south Belfast home.
And police sources said much of the online speculation about his intentions hadn’t been helpful.
Some of the claims on social media about what had happened to Noah were also condemned.
On the gates of Noah’s school, 24 hours after his funeral cortege visited St Malachy’s College, a kaleidoscope of colourful floral tributes was still attracting the attention of passers-by and motorists, who stopped to look at the makeshift shrine for the talented sportsman and musician.
There were candles, balloons, sports tops, school ties and cards with messages, including one from his “best mate Raymond”, who thanked Noah for all their memories together.
Pastor Weir said that he would be willing to meet anyone in the community who might need help after the tragedy.
“I lost my twin brother in a road accident nine years ago. I know what trauma can be like,” he added.