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The Bishops from The Church of England in Lancashire (Blackburn Diocese) have issued their messages for Easter 2018.

The messages are from Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, the Bishop of Blackburn and Rt Rev. Philip North, Bishop of Burnley.

This year’s Easter messages from the Bishops were recorded inside Lancashire’s Anglican Cathedral in Blackburn town centre which is known, amongst many other things, for its modern art installations.

Bishop Julian delivers his message in front of the first of the paintings positioned around Blackburn Cathedral that make up ‘The Journey’ or Stations of the Cross.

The installation consists of 15 stunning 6ft oil paintings by Penny Warden, depicting the final Journey of Christ to his death and resurrection. The paintings were commissioned in 2005 and are on permanent display.

Meanwhile Bishop Philip delivers his message in front of the Cathedral’s altar with its steel corona, designed by John Hayward and representing Christ’s crown of thorns.