An Opportunity to Remember Loved Ones at St Albans Cathedral
A service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving will take place at St Albans Cathedral on Sunday 19 May at 3pm.
St Albans Cathedral, Rennie Grove Hospice and Phillips Funeral Directors have arranged a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving which will provide an opportunity to remember, give thanks and celebrate the lives of family and friends who have died. This event is open to anybody who wishes to come and light a candle and remember a loved one who has died, and is suitable for all ages.
A popular part of this service is the release of Doves in front of the Cathedral’s West Doors and this will take place at the end of the service around 4.00pm. As the Doves are released for their flight home everyone is invited to remember their loved ones and give thanks for their friendship and continuing love for them.
The Sub Dean of St Albans Cathedral, Canon Abi Thompson will conduct the service and the St Albans Abbey Girls Choir will lead the singing. Commenting on the service, the Sub Dean said, “It’s a huge privilege for the Cathedral to welcome so many people to this service each year. The opportunity to gather together offers a unique support and is in itself an expression of hope and thanksgiving. All are very welcome.”
The Right Reverend John Gladwin will offer some thoughts during the service following his own bereavement last year. Speaking about the service he commented that “coming together, in a place of peace and quiet such as the sacred space we find in St Albans Cathedral, can be especially refreshing whatever our faith and whoever we are.”
A collection will take place during the service to support Rennie Grove Hospice and the work they do to support the bereaved in our local community.