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First Anniversary of the London Bombings

On the first anniversary of the bombings of 7th July 2005, prayers will be said at the General Synod and in churches across England. The anniversary will be referred to in the opening prayers of the General Synod at York University, led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, and will also be reflected in the intercessions at evening prayer that night. Church House staff will join in the two-minute silence at midday.

Dr Sentamu has said of the anniversary: “Hundreds of people are bereaved today, scores still suffer from injuries and as a nation we feel scarred by the atrocities of 7 July 2005. They are a harsh reminder of what happens when brutality combines with a false ideology. I have visited the community from which three of the London bombers came and they are as bruised as the rest of us.

“We need to show young people that there are far more worthy ideals to stake their lives on – we must out-imagine terrorism and that means believing and living a faith which will attract all idealists. I challenge all those who claim to be Christian to come off the sidelines, become active Christian disciples and share their faith by word and deed.”

The Bishop of London, the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres, said he wanted to remind people of the common pledge made by the major faith leaders in St Paul’s Cathedral last year.  

"We stand united in our determination to resist and overcome the evil of terrorism.  We belong to different faith traditions but we share a common grief at the suffering inflicted on so many of our fellow Londoners.  We acknowledge also with confidence the common values which enable us to co-operate in building a city at peace with itself and where people of faith can work together in cherishing, not disfiguring, our common humanity.

 “We recommit ourselves to fostering the mutual trust between communities so that they may flourish side by side on the basis of respect and understanding."


St Paul's Cathedral

On Friday 7 July, the Cathedral will open only for prayer from 8.30-10.30am.

At 8.50am, there will be an act of remembrance, which will include a reflection by the Bishop of London. A bell will be tolled for those who lost their lives, during which candles representing Aldgate, Edgware Road and Russell Square will be lit.

At 9.47am, there will be an act of remembrance, which will include a reflection by the Dean. A bell will be tolled, and candles representing Tavistock Square will be lit.

At 12 noon, the national two-minute silence will be observed, during which a solitary bell will be rung.

Special prayers will be said every hour and a special area will be dedicated for quiet prayer and reflection throughout the day.

Evensong at 5pm will be dedicated to those killed and injured by the bombings, the bereaved, the emergency services and all who responded.

All are welcome to attend.


Churches local to the explosions

Other churches in the Diocese which were particularly involved in caring for survivors and the emergency services in the aftermath of the bombings are also marking the anniversary:

· St Pancras Church on Euston Road, next to the site of the bus bomb, will be holding a multi faith service at 12.30pm. The church will also be open for prayer from 9am-6pm.

· St George the Martyr, Queen Square, a church close to Tavistock Square, will be open from 8.30am-5.30pm for private prayer with two, short services at 8.30am and at 5pm.

· St Botolph, Aldgate, will be holding a two minute silence at 12 noon and a service of remembrance at 1pm.


Private prayers with the bereaved and survivors

In addition to these 'public' services, clergy involved in the aftermath of the bombings will also be taking part in 'private' events for the bereaved and survivors.


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