Choral Evensong at Southwark Cathedral at 5.30pm tonight [Monday 3 June] will mark the second anniversary of the London Bridge attack.
A Candle of Remembrance will be lit and the first lesson will be read by Amir Eden, chair of Living Bankside, who was one of those caught up in the attack.
The second lesson will be read by PC Wayne Marques of the British Transport Police who was horrifically injured in the attack trying to defend other passers-by.
The Dean of Southwark, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, will give the address, in the presence of London mayor Sadiq Khan.
At the end of the service members of the congregation will be invited to process out to the Tree of Healing for an Act of Remembrance and the names of those who died will be read out.
The Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, will pronounce the blessing. Following the service, people will be invited to lay flowers around the Tree of Healing.
Southwark Cathedral will remain open all evening for prayer and silent reflection. At 9.58pm, the time the attack began, the night service of Compline will begin to bring the day of Remembrance to a close.
The Dean of Southwark said: “I am sure that this time of anniversary is particularly painful for all those whose lives were touched by the attack on London Bridge, especially as the inquest into the attack is taking place at this time as well. The cathedral building still bears the scars of the attack as this reminds us each day of the fragility of human life and of the need to live together in peace. We hope that this Service of Remembrance will bring some healing to those affected and help them to know that the terrible events of that day two years ago are not forgotten.”
Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark council said: “Two years may have passed since the terrible events of 3 June 2017, but the impact of that night will never leave us in Southwark. The one light that shone through
the darkest of times was the strength, unity and compassion of our community in supporting all those affected by the attacks, and so it is right and fitting that we come together on Monday at Southwark Cathedral. We will stand together again, in the heart of our local community, to remember those who lost their lives, and those who will forever be affected.”
Pictured: A visitor views artist Nic Fiddian-Green’s 15ft tall Praying Hands sculpture, which has been installed in Southwark Cathedral, London, to commemorate the 2017 London Bridge Terror attack.
Please support your local paper by making a donation
Cheques should be made payable to “MSI Media Limited” and sent by post to South London Press, Unit 112, 160 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2NZ
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has encouraged everyone in the country who can afford to do so to buy a newspaper, and told the Downing Street press briefing recently: “A free country needs a free press, and the newspapers of our country are under significant financial pressure”.
So if you have enjoyed reading this story, and if you can afford to do so, we would be so grateful if you can buy our newspaper or make a donation, which will allow us to continue to bring stories like this one to you both in print and online. Everyone at the South London Press thanks you for your continued support.
Get the latest local news delivered every week!