Carmelites Join Ecumenical Witness on Good Friday

Thursday, 12 April 2018

The Carmelite Family was well represented at the Ecumenical Good Friday Walk of Witness and Worship organised by Churches Together in York on 30th March.

For many years it has been the tradition for Christians of different denominations to carry a cross through the streets of the city, pausing for prayer and song, and arriving at the Minster for a joint act of worship.



Processing through the streets of York


Lay Carmelites and Corpus Christi Carmelite Sisters walked alongside other Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists, Orthodox, and Free Church adherents.


Gathered for prayer in Kings Square


The Chair of Churches Together in York, and convenor of York Carmelite Spirituality Group, Dr. Johan Bergström-Allen, said: "We had a good turn-out despite the cold weather, and proclaimed the Good News of God's love for all in the streets of our historic city. As usual, the Walk of Witness prompted scorn from some onlookers, and reverence from others, just as Jesus' own journey to Calvary did. The Scripture readers in the Minster represented the wide array of Churches in the city, and we were particularly pleased this year to include local MP Rachael Maskell."


Johan leading prayers at the cross


Earlier in the day Carmelite friars had taken part in the Walk of Witness through the York suburb of Acomb.