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Archbishop of Canterbury gave Good Friday open air talk in Dover's Market Square this morning

18 April 2014
by Beth Robson

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby led residents and church-goers through the streets of Dover during the annual Good Friday procession of Witness this morning. 

The Easter story procession was followed by a speech in the Market Square.

The Archbishop of Canterbury gave a speech at Market Square, Dover on Good Friday

The Archbishop of Canterbury gave a speech at Market Square, Dover on Good Friday

Director of communications and deputy diocesan secretary Emily Shepherd said: "The event was very joyful and the Archbishop said he was ‘delighted’ to be part of it."

About 200 people from different churches in Dover took part and listened to his sermon on the meaning of the cross and how Jesus’s death and resurrection was needed for us all to be saved.

She added: "The procession stopped in several places for prayer, hymns and to sing worship songs.

"Three life size crosses were carried from St Mary’s Dover and the Archbishop carried one for most of the way." 

The procession continued up the hill to St Mary de Castro, the church in Dover Castle, where the three crosses were planted in the grounds.

It is the latest in the Archbishop's week-long list of meetings and events in Dover during Holy Week. 

Since Tuesday, he has visited the Dover branch of homeless charity Emmaus and spent time with youngsters at St Margaret's Messy Church. The Archbishop has also visited the Dover area Food Bank packing centre and met with church-going teenagers at Costa. 

On Wednesday he visited the Port of Dover, meeting with chaplains there and staff from Dover Harbour Board. 

Yesterday (Thursday) he officiated the Maundy service, washing the feet of the congregation at Alkham Parish Church. 


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