This year, an enormous sense of loss knocked on the doors of every home. We are bereft and shaken by this pandemic, we have seen too much death and sadness, and what usually helps us cope was generally also taken away. Tough times, and it is not over yet.
It is good to remain positive, it is essential to keep hoping and to look forward to better times. However, it is also good to be honest with ourselves about the price we have paid. It is right to stop and feel the pain of loss, to remember those we have lost and to offer their memory to the light of eternal hope.
We do this each year at our Annual Service of Remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral. Last October, more than 900 people came to take part in it. We listened to the oud player, magnificent performance of Barts Choir and glorious organ of St Paul’s Cathedral. We read an excerpt from a children’s book, we heard words of wisdom from the Holy Scriptures of different religions, we took a moment to pray, to reflect, to light a candle, to take a deep breath and step forward into the future.
We must do that again; and this year we can have thousands joining us, as the service will be aired on St Paul’s YouTube channel on Sunday, 25th of October at 6pm. You can search St Paul’s YouTube or click here on the night of the premiere or any time afterwards.
This year, Clive Myrie will lead us in making a tribute to the hard work of NHS staff of Barts Health Trust and St Joseph’s Hospice. The Bishop of London and former nurse Sarah Mullally will give an address and members of our staff will offer readings and prayers in this pre-recorded service. There will be an opportunity to light a virtual candle on St Paul’s website and leave a tribute or a good wish for the future in the comments.
Please, join us, wherever you are and whenever you can. Stay safe.
Rev’d Tasha Critchlow,
Deputy Head of Chaplaincy
020 3594 2070