The Vigil of Prayer at the Commencement of the 100 days of Peace surrounding the Olympic Games
At St. Martin in -the- Fields in Trafalgar Square, an Inter faith group prayed together for peace from 11pm on Friday evening until 12 noon on Saturday.
The hours from 11pm were punctuated by readings, hymns, prayers and periods of silent prayer. Persons working for peace such as Pat Gaffney(Pax Christi), Bruce Kent (Movement for the abolition of War) and Margaret and Barry Mizen ( parents of Jimmy Mizen a teenager who was murdered in 2008.)
Choirs such as The Rainbow Peace Choir from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Crewe and the Gospel Choir from Maria Fidelis Convent School London helped with their songs, to keep the minds of the people present focused on peace, those who need prayers during these days, the rights of children, and the power of God to work with us in our striving for peace.
As people entered the Church they were struck by a large banner placed over the high altar, which was made by the Homeless people who are helped by the Congregation of St Martin-in the –fields. It showed 203 Doves of Peace representing the nations of the world surmounted by a large rainbow a Biblical sign of Hope.
The concluding liturgy, beginning at 11 am gave an opportunity to exchange greetings of peace between members of all faiths. Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Dr Richard Chartres, Bishop of London addressed the Congregation; prayers for peace were written and exchanged among the members of the Congregation.
The vigil ended at 12 noon with the singing of the hymn ” Tell out my soul” This was an inspiring and memorable Vigil. Sister Alphonsus attended on Saturday morning and was there to participate in the Final Liturgy.