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Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
his sojourn in Northern Ireland'

Cross walk for (western) Good Friday


Jon Kennedy  

JONAL ENTRY 1272 | March 30 2013

. . . take care lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we share in Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end, while it is said, "Today, when you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion."

— from Hebrews 12,
from today's lenten Orthodox
lectionary readings

Diary: I have only about a half hour before this evening's vesper service, so I'll try to quickly post a video clip from yesterday's Good Friday cross walk between the Catholic section (Falls Road) and the Protestant section (Shankill) of Belfast. The walk from the Clonard Repemptorist Catholic monastery went past several Protestant churches, and walkers included members of various denominations, some of them carrying crosses.

Click the > on the video to launch. After the video launches, you can double-click the screen to enlarge it to full-screen. At the beginning of the video, Samuel Eash, an elder member of Townsend Presbyterian Church, carries a rough-hewn cross. At the end, Presbyterian pastor Jack Lamb, Samuel, and John Grant, a New Zealander who has been traveling the world and has joined the folks at Townsend, pose for the camera. If your browser cannot open the video in Windows Media format, you can try it on YouTube, here.

Below is a view of the Clonard Abbey church and monastery.

The sky was the bluest I've seen it since I began my sojourn in Belfast when the procession was returning to the Abbey here.

Next is a view of the interior of the beautiful Abbey church. A larger rought-hewn cross is set up in front of a screen being used to show a Good Friday video-slide program.

Finally, this is a representation of the tomb where Jesus' body was placed after the crucifixion, in the front of the church.

The statues in the church were draped in purple shrouds to indicate mourning for the Lord's death.

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If you missed my overview of my venture in Northern Ireland, check it out here.

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