Responding to COVID-19 pandemic
St Paul’s Cathedral has been a place where people, through the centuries, have gathered to give thanks and to mourn, especially at significant moments in our national life. This is as important now as it has ever been; when we are free to open once again, we will strive to be a place where people from across our nation and our world can gather for private prayer or public worship, both to remember those who have died during this pandemic, and to give thanks for those who have recovered, cared for the sick and the dying, supplied our daily needs, and kept us safe.
We have an annual Requiem on All Souls’ Day (2nd November), where any who wishes can write down and offer the name of a departed loved one. In addition we will be holding a series of memorial Evensongs at which departed members of organisations and orders associated with the Cathedral and with London will be remembered. As the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of London, we will be recognising in the presence of God the valuable, costly and ongoing roles of key workers, local authorities, community groups, London’s churches and many heroic individuals, as we pray for their work and well-being; and we will continue to pray for those suffering because of illness, bereavement or loss of livelihood. At an appropriate time we hope to hold a service of thanksgiving to honour all those who have given themselves in the service of our nation.
Daily we are witnessing many sad stories during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mindful that St Paul’s has been a place where many courageous people are memorialised, we are also planning a virtual ‘St Paul’s Memorial Book for the Nation’ to honour those we have lost and provide a way for them to be remembered.