This Friday, the 14th April, will see thousands of worshippers take to the streets of Durban for the annual ecumenical Good Friday Service. Hosted by the Diakonia Council of Churches*, the service will start at dawn at the Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC) before processing – in silence – through the streets of the city, to the Durban City Hall.
Each year, the Good Friday service highlights a particular aspect of national suffering or injustice. The service this year will focus on the theme Whom Shall I Send? Last year’s sermon was delivered by 2015 eThekwini Living Legend, Bishop Michael Vorster. Friday’s sermon will be led by Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, representing the Catholic Archdiocese of Durban. Songs of praise will start at 05h15 at the DEC, with the first part of the service taking place at 06h00. The service will conclude at approximately 08h15 at City Hall.
* The Diakonia (a Greek word, which means ‘serving the people’) was founded in 1976 by the late Archbishop Dennis Hurley as an inter-church structure that would concentrate on the sufferings of ordinary people. Paddy Kearney, 2014 eThekwini Living Legend, initially headed up the Diakonia Council of Churches, continuing to serve there until 2004. Kearney is now involved in running the Dennis Hurley Centre.
Image courtesy of www.diakonia.org.za