Churches Together in Farnham’s
Walk of Witness
Friday 19th April 2019
Good Friday Procession - Christians bear witness
At 12 noon on Good Friday, the most solemn moment of the Christian year, which recalls the moment Jesus was nailed to the cross, the procession set out from the Upper Hart car-park.
The event commenced with prayers led by John Edwards of The Holy Family Catholic Church, and then proceeded in silence, following the bearer of the large cross, Michael R.
Groups of onlookers also fell respectfully quiet as the procession of well over 200 Christians from Farnham’s many churches passed slowly by.
The procession moved along West Street and The Borough, before turning down South Street and then along Union Way past Gostrey Meadow.
After moving silently up Downing Street, the procession then assembled in St.Andrew’s churchyard. Here a short service was led by David Uffindell, Rector of Farnham, starting with the Good Friday hymn “When I survey the wondrous cross...” and ending with prayer.
Thus, on a particularly beautiful Spring day, the Walk and the Service together occupied the first hour of Jesus’ time on the cross. The Gospel accounts record Jesus finally dying at three in the afternoon, so further opportunities for reflection and prayer were offered until that time in St.Andrew’s and elsewhere around town.
Thereafter, all dispersed quietly to await the explosion of joy at Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday.
As in past years, the procession was organised by Stewart Dakers on behalf of Churches Together in Farnham, who made arrangements with the local authorities and appointed and briefed stewards to manage the procession and ensure safety as it passed amongst the traffic.
Pictures by Mary Clarke; report by John Goodman