Service of Dedication

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8:00am Morning Prayer
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
8:30am Eucharist
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong
5:30pm Cathedral closes

Service of Dedication

A special service on the eve of the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 saw the St Paul's altar frontal used for the first time in over 70 years.

Attended by more than 80 relatives of the men who created the frontal, the service of Eucharist on August 3 saw hundreds of people come to St Paul's to commemorate the special anniversary.
The Bishop of London officiated at the service and the sermon was given by The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel.


In his address he said: "The story of humankind is the story of one bloody mess after another so that the Christmas carol is horribly accurate when it says that man at war with man hears not the love song which the angels bring... Anniversaries of war are no occasions for celebration and, if anything, provide moments of recognition that all is not well with the world. And yet we, as people of faith, are obliged to express hope despite everything – and the altar frontal, which provides the focus for our commemoration this evening and, indeed, for the next four years, articulates – both physically and aesthetically – a legacy lest we forget."


The Old Testament lesson was read by Lieutenant Colonel James Muth, The Royal Canadian Regiment, grandson of Lance Corporal James Muth, 133 Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Canada.