On Wednesday 13 December, Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Southwark Cathedral for a Service of Light
Their Royal Highnesses also visited Borough Market accompanied by the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd Justin Welby.
They were welcomed to Southwark Cathedral by the Dean of Southwark, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn. During the service the Gospel Choir of Saint Saviour’s and St Olave’s School sang ‘This Little Light Of Mine’, Matt Jones, Owner of Bread Ahead, read from the Gospel of St John and the children of the Cathedral School placed candles on the High Altar as they led the prayers, which were drawn together by Archbishop Justin. Following a hymn, the Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, pronounced the blessing after which the congregation sang the National Anthem.
Speaking of the visit the Dean said, ‘We were delighted to receive a visit from Their Royal Highnesses and the Archbishop of Canterbury and are pleased that they have been able to come and see for themselves how the Cathedral and the local community are recovering from the tragic events of Saturday 3 June. Today is the Feast of St Lucy, whose name means ‘light’. The service today celebrates Jesus’ light in the world and the way that this area and its people responded to the events demonstrates that darkness will not overcome the light.’
The Bishop of Southwark said, ‘We were very honoured by the visit of Their Royal Highnesses, which was a tremendous boost to morale after the traumas of recent months. We are grateful for their recognition of the resilience which has characterised this community as well as the solidarity among faith and community leaders working together and deepening friendships in a determined effort to demonstrate that we will not be divided’.