Belfast Cathedral’s Five Fridays in Lent series, which explored ‘The Form and Art of Prayer,’ was extremely successful, with an average attendance of 25 people each week.

The series was hosted by Belfast Cathedral and the Corrymeela Community. Cathedral parishioner, Mrs Desney Cromey, was one of the organisers. She said around half of those who came along were from the Cathedral community, and others had come from further afield. These included visitors from Dungannon and Ballymoney.

Five Fridays was held from 4.15pm to 5.15pm each Friday afternoon from February 23- March 23 in the Chapel of Unity, and was followed by Choral Evensong.

Guest speakers were:  Fr Tom Layden SJ, Province Coordinator for Ecumenism, who reflected on The Ignatian Tradition (February 23); The Rev Cheryl Meban, Chaplain at University of Ulster whose topic was Face to Face (March 2); Padraig Ó Tuama, Leader of the Corrymeela Community who spoke on the topic The Collect (March 9); The Rev Canon Mark Niblock, Dean’s Vicar, St Anne’s Cathedral, on Choral Evensong (March 16) and The Very Rev Gregory Dunstan, Dean of Armagh Cathedral who talked about The Jesus Prayer (March 23).

Desney said: “Most people came along to at least four of the five talks, which was an indication of how they enjoyed it. For quite a few the add on of Evensong was amazing. Some said they had never been to Choral Evensong before and that it was it was out of this world, that it is a prayer in itself.

“We were delighted with the response.”