The Lewis Psalm Singers, accompanied by Alasdair Morrison, enjoyed wonderful hospitality in Belfast last Saturday to Monday.
They were invited by Linda Ervine of the Skainos Centre, (www.skainos.org) a project dedicated to bringing reconciliation and healing to divided communities in East Belfast.
On Saturday evening theywere involved in “Slighe na Beatha” (The Path of Life), a journey through the psalms travelling from psalms of sorrow and anguish to those of joy and rejoicing, singing extracts from nine psalms in all.
These were interspersed with various speakers commenting on the context and content of these psalms.
Four Corners Festival
This programme was part of the Four Corners Festival, which seeks to bring people from all parts of Belfast together.
On Sunday morning they took part in a service of worship at The Church of the Good Shepherd where they were asked to sing from the Gaelic psalms in place of their usual praise item.
Calum Iain Macleod gave the Bible reading from Colossians 1:15-23 and James Maciver preached from verses 19-20 of this passage.
In the evening they sang three items of praise from the Gaelic psalms at An Culturlann.
On Monday morning the group were treated to a visit to the Titanic Museum, a superb building and presentation of the history of shipbuilding in Belfast and particularly the story of the Titanic from her planning right through to her tragic sinking.
The Psalm Singers never charge a fee but one of the conditions of their accepting invitations to sing is that a donation is given to the Bethesda Hospice.
The photograph shows a cheque for £1,200 being presented which was much appreciated.