VJ Day at Southwark Cathedral

Saturday 15 August marks the 75th anniversary of what is known as VJ Day which marks the end of the Second World War in the Far East and the surrender of Japan to the Allied Forces

There will be a Eucharist in the Cathedral at 12.45pm at which the president will be Canon Mandy Ford, Canon Chancellor.  Canon Mandy was herself born in Hong Kong and will bring her own experience and love for that part of the world to the altar.  We will be remembering all those who served in the war beyond Europe and especially the members of the Burma Star Association and other veterans of that campaign.  We will also reflect on the enormous cost of the peace that was secured through the first use of atomic weapons. 

The Dean, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, has written a special prayer to be used in the Diocese and the Cathedral.  So, even if you cannot join us in the Cathedral please join us in prayer. 

Those able to join us in the Cathedral are of course invited to wear their medals, Burma Star insignia or those which were awarded to relatives who have now passed away.

A Prayer on the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day

Through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1.20)

Lord Jesus,

you bore the cost of peace

in your own body on the cross.

As we commemorate the end of

the Second World War

we remember those who paid the price of peace

and pray that we may both cherish

and uphold it

for today, tomorrow

and all that lies beyond.