CHRISTIANS gathered all over the country yesterday to remember the final hours of Jesus Christ. Large crowds prayed and meditated along each stage of the stations of the cross during re-enactments of the crucifixion.
In Clontarf in Dublin, actor Ciaran O'Keefe carried the cross during the long-running Good Friday Pageant at St John's Parish.
History was made in the midlands, where an African church was represented for the first time in the annual Way of the Cross procession through the streets of Tullamore.
Pastor Victor Sodimu of the Christ Apostolic Church, a Pentecostal denomination, joined with Monsignor Sean Heaney, Canon Gerald Field from the Church of Ireland, and Presbyterian and Methodist ministers in prayer. The service was recorded by RTE Radio 1, and featured music from Tullamore Gospel Choir, which sings at masses in the Church of the Assumption.
Earlier yesterday, the choir, led by former Presbyterian moderator Dr Godfrey Brown, took part in a prerecorded service broadcast by RTE radio.
Those who joined the annual procession in Athlone were given time for reflection when the seventh station stopped outside a Bank of Ireland branch.