Published Sunday, 08 December 2013
The day of prayer was held to remember the former South African President who passed away earlier this week.
Special services of commemoration and celebration were held throughout the world to mark the passing of the iconic leader.
The Dean of Belfast, the Very Reverend John Mann told UTV Nelson Mandela had contributed to the whole of humanity.
He said: "We decided before the service it was important to mark the death in some way.
"As well as what he did and said, there was also something symbolic in the way he was able to break down barriers and to be able to do things that other people seemed not able to do.
"And a lot of that came from his long experience in prison."
He continued: "This was an important day to mark and with deep thanksgiving for what Nelson Mandela has contributed to the whole of humanity.
"He will be remembered for helping people to express their hurt, but also for helping them along the path to reconciliation."
His legacy will be for the way he touched so many people's hearts.
Rev. John Mann, Dean of Belfast
Mr Mandela's death on Thursday provoked a worldwide outpouring of emotion, with Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness joining the likes of the Queen and Prime Minister David Cameron among those paying their respects.
The Deputy First Minister has said he hopes to attend the funeral in South Africa next Sunday.
Tributes have been paid to the anti-apartheid revolutionary from across the world and the Belfast public has been paying its respects after the city council opened a book of condolence.
Mandela died aged 95, after a long battle with illness.
The ailing former leader had retired from public life almost a decade ago, having been vulnerable to respiratory problems since contracting tuberculosis during his 27 years of incarceration.
In a televised address on Thursday night, the country's president Jacob Zuma said: "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.
"What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves."
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