In late May, under the tenants of ‘mercy’ and ‘justice’ and watched over by a statue of Elizabeth Fry, the Victorian prison reformer, the choir of the Lourdes pilgrimage performed a unique and beautiful rendition of the Stations of the Cross in the upper hall of the Old Bailey.
‘Peter’s way of the Cross’ is a composition from Bernard Lavery and Giovanni Marseglia. Each Station comprises a meditation and a piece of sung Scripture. Meditations at the Old Bailey were read by actors from the Catholic Association for the Performing Arts, and the Scripture pieces were sung by parishioners from St John Fisher Parish in Shepperton, the Lourdes Choir and Canon Pat Brown.
The concert at the Old Bailey took place at the invitation of Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, Recorder of the City of London, and organised by Bernard Lavery, Michael Slater and Sandra McGregor. Very few people get a chance to walk up the stairway above the courts to see the very beautiful upper hall. The rendition of the Stations fit exquisitely with the images of St Paul and Moses adorning the ceilings.
Previously ‘Peter’s Way of The cross’ has been performed in Shepperton and recently at Our Lady of the Holy Souls in Kensal New Town.
Proceeds from the evening will assist sick and disabled pilgrims on the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer and a recording or video of Peter’s Way of the Cross will be made at some time in the near future.