The ecumenical Good Friday Walk of Witness made a welcome in-person return to Birmingham.
Many people gathered to take part after two years of Virtual Walk of Witnesses because of the pandemic.
The event marks Christ’s journey to the cross and started from The Church in Carrs Lane and concluded at our Diocesan Mother Church, St Chad’s Cathedral.
During the procession through the city centre the crowds meditated on the Stations of the Cross, reflecting on two at each pause, with the final four at St Chad’s Cathedral.
Sharing the lead alongside Bishop David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham, Bishop Anne Hollinghurst, Bishop of Aston and Archbishop Bernard Longley, the Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, the Revd Steven Faber, Moderator of the United Reformed Church for the West Midlands Synod, and the Revd Ian Howarth, Chair of the Methodist Church, Birmingham District, we welcomed Monsignor Timothy Menezes, Dean of St Chad’s Cathedral, the Very Revd Matt Thompson, Dean of St Philip’s Cathedral, with Canon Josephine Houghton and Canon Andy Delmege; the Revd Cristina Cipriani, the Revd Elaine Hutchinson and Deacon Ruth Yorke from The Church at Carrs Lane, with Major Samuel Edgar (Ret’d) from the Salvation Army.
Also joining were Fr Michael Dolman, Rector of St Mary’s College, Oscott with members of the formation staff and students of the Seminary of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.