A Beautiful End to the Year of Mercy

With the end of the Year of Mercy, Phil reflects on the wonderful event and World Youth Day photo exhibition at Westminster Cathedral.

Young performers of RISE Theatre reenact the Stations of the Cross at Westminster Cathedral (Photo: Marcin Mazur)
Young performers of RISE Theatre reenact the Stations of the Cross at Westminster Cathedral (Photo: Marcin Mazur)

As our Year of Mercy came to an end, Westminster Cathedral hosted a youth-focused Way of the Cross celebration, led by Bishop Nicholas Hudson.

Westminster Youth Ministry, Caritas and the Agency for Evangelisation came together to create a beautiful reflection of our merciful year.

The event was also an opportunity for many World Youth Day pilgrims to come together to share their memories of their time in Poland.

A powerful and moving production, developed by Rise Theatre, saw young people from Wapping Parish lead us through the Stations’ journey, supported musically by Edwin Fawcett, his band and choir.

Each station had reflections read by World Youth Day pilgrims, with Alex Pooler of SPEC providing the opening introductions and the narrations for each station.

Throughout the celebration, images of mercy in action were beamed onto a large screen sat alongside the sanctuary; there to help us recognise the work of Caritas in the support of those in need.

The Bishop and Ambassador at the World Youth Day photo exhibition (Photo: Marcin Mazur)
The Bishop and Ambassador at the World Youth Day photo exhibition (Photo: Marcin Mazur)

We were honoured that the Polish Ambassador, Arkady Rzegocki, was with us in the Cathedral and he took time to join Bishop Nicholas and Fr David Reilly for a tour of the WYD photo exhibition. The exhibition was the result of close collaboration between the Polish Embassy, the Polish Cultural Institute, Westminster Youth Ministry and Marcin Mazur, the photographer of the Bishop’s Conference of England & Wales.

The event was the vision of Cardinal Vincent and the complex celebration certainly brought home the need for us to live a merciful life.

A magnificent World Youth Day photobook, containing reflections chosen by our Cardinal, has now been produced and for copies contact youth@rcdow.org.uk.

For more photos from the event, click here and here.