Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster

Commemorating the Lord's Passion

On Good Friday, Cardinal Vincent marked the Lord’s Passion in central London by joining the Walk of Witness and attending the Wintershall Passion play in Trafalgar Square before leading the Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion in Westminster Cathedral.

At 12 noon, Cardinal Vincent joined Christians of different denominations in the Walk of Witness which began at Methodist Central Hall. The procession, led by a man carrying a cross symbolising Christ’s journey to Calvary, made its away along Victoria Street to the amazement of many tourists and shoppers who stopped to take photos. On the steps of Westminster Cathedral, Cardinal Vincent explained that Christ’s suffering on the Cross includes all the suffering of the world throughout history to our present day, encompassing persecution, injustice, and every form of suffering. The Walk of Witness returned along Victoria Street to Westminster Abbey.

Immediately following, the Cardinal attended the Passion Play in Trafalgar Square, performed by the Wintershall Players, where he led the crowd in the Lord’s Prayer.

At 3pm, the Cardinal presided over the Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion in a packed Westminster Cathedral. Among the concelebrants were chaplains of the Cathedral and Bishop Mark Jabalé, Emeritus Bishop of Menevia.

In his homily, the Cardinal said: ‘Today, we come to venerate the Cross, in its stark cruelty and in its penetrating beauty.’

‘As we come forward,’ he added, ‘we may hand over to the Lord every burden of our sin, of our dismay at failure, of our broken hearts. We may place at the foot of the Cross every sorrow and suffering of our broken world, including that of his disciples who still today are being martyred.’

‘This Cross is the moment in which we see beyond the immense and relentless suffering in our world, which it represents,’ he continued. ‘For on this Cross Jesus is raised up not only agony and pain, but also into glory; for his glory is to be, in his being, in his body, the unwavering total love of God for his creation.'

Additional photos from the Walk of Witness and the Solemn Commemoration of the Lord's Passion are available here.

Latest news
  • Cardinal Vincent with young people visiting the Venerable English College in October (Mazur/Catholicnews.org.uk)Cardinal thanks everyone for prayers

      I write to thank you for your prayers for me over these last three weeks. I have been able to take the rest that I needed and now feel much recovered. I have been blessed to have been able to do this at such short notice.   As Advent ...

    more
  • Cardinal awarded Polish Senate honour

    At the Mass celebrating the centenary of Polish Independence at Westminster Cathedral on 10 Following the greetings at the end of Mass, including one from the Cardinal, Senator Anna Maria Anders, daughter of General Władysław Anders, also ad...

    more
  • Cardinal recovering after being taken ill at Remembrance Requiem

    On Remembrance Sunday, Cardinal Vincent was taken ill while celebrating the Solemn Requiem Mass of the Fallen in Westminster Cathedral and had to leave the sanctuary.

    more