Sunday 21 January 2018

Pilgrims take the roads less travelled for Good Friday ceremonies

A man carries a cross during the Good Friday procession in Ballymun. Photo: Mark Condren
A man carries a cross during the Good Friday procession in Ballymun. Photo: Mark Condren
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

A simple wooden cross stood stark against the sky in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, yesterday.

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin was accompanied by several hundred pilgrims as he led a large Good Friday procession to the Papal commemorative landmark, in the annual 'Way of the Cross' ceremony.

Re-enactments of the Stations of the Cross took place all over Ireland in remembrance of the crucifixion.

In just one of the processions in Dublin, the people of Ballymun made the walk as part of a special re-enactment of the 14 Stations along the way.

In a Good Friday reflection, Dr Martin said the stations, with readings, songs and meditation, remind us of the passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Elsewhere, a unique religious ceremony marked the annual Good Friday prayers in Waterford's Church of Ireland cathedral.

The Church of Ireland bishop in the diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory, the Right Reverend Michael Burrows, is a well- known railway buff.

So he called on the services of Iarnród Éireann to play their part in an event called the "stations in the station". Members of the public were invited to join him "at a station near you" for "moments of reflection on the cross".

The event began with a litany in Waterford Church of Ireland cathedral at 7.30am. The invitation remained open for the duration of Good Friday.

Other rail stations were also included in the spiritual odyssey, and there were collections along the way for the Railway Benefit Fund, which helps needy rail workers and their families.

Irish Independent

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