Commemorative Evensong

With prayers for the people of Nice, Ankara & Istanbul

A Commemorative Evensong was held on Thursday, 21 July, at 5.10pm at St Paul’s Cathedral, to remember those who perished in recent days in Nice, Ankara and Istanbul, and to pray for peace in our world.

Candles were lit by the Consuls General of France and Turkey as a sign of hope, and consular officials representing many nations laid flowers in a gesture of international grief and solidarity.

Lessons were read and hymns sung in both English and French, and the congregation prayed for those who mourn loved ones, for the injured and distressed, and for all those committed to the work of peace.

The Revd Canon Kenneth Letts, long-serving Archdeacon of France, Dean of the Riviera and Chaplain of Nice and Vence, was the preacher on the occasion, and spoke of the need, in the wake of such violence and horror – however far removed from our own lives – to become God-bearers, the channels through whom the love of God is made visible

The full text of Revd Ken’s sermon is available here.

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