Leaders from the four main churches in Derry-Londonderry have taken part in a Christian ‘Walk of Witness’ through the city centre to mark Good Friday. They were joined by the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Alderman Hillary McClintock, and members of the different churches.
Taking part in his first procession was the recently appointed Moderator of Derry and Donegal Presbytery, the Reverend Mark Russell, who is the minister at Leckpatrick Presbyterian Church. Rev Russell joined the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Rev Ken Good, the Bishop of Derry, Dr Donal McKeown, and the Superintendent of the city’s Methodist Mission, Rev Peter Murray, who were all veterans of the annual walk. Bishop Good was accompanied by his wife, Mary, and their young granddaughter.
The clergymen and other participants took turns to carry a large wooden cross which was borne in procession from St Columb’s Hall to the steps of the city’s Guildhall. The route took them through one of the city’s main shopping centres, the Richmond Centre, and the procession stopped at various points along the way for prayers, hymn-singing and gospel readings. The Mayor helped carry the cross on the final stage of the walk, from Shipquay Street into Guildhall Square.