Southwark remembers the Bali Victims
moving service on Wednesday 12 February, led by the Dean, the injured and the
families and friends of those who had died in the Bali bombing came together to
The Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, HRH
the Prince of Wales and Jack Straw, Foreign Secretary
The Balinese music group Gamelan Kembang
Gathering to the sound of muffled Cathedral bells they were joined by the
Prince of Wales, Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, UK government
ministers, MPs and official representatives of other countries affected. The
Cathedral was bursting at the seams for the service which had been developed in
consultation with the families and was designed to be accessible to all. The
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Rev. Michael Bowen, led the
intercessions, and representatives of the Jewish, Muslim and Hindu faiths were
also at the service.
the service the Cathedral Canons lit 26 candles in memory of each United
Kingdom citizen who died. In a comforting sermon, the Rt Rev. Richard Harries,
the Bishop of Oxford, reminded those whose loved ones had died that life must
go on no matter how hard that is to envisage and that their 'grief, charity and
hope...can light up our lives and give hope to others'. To those who had
survived he said that they 'still have the gift of life, a gift which can be
used to help others and heal our broken world.'
encouraging words of Tagore's poem 'Farewell my friends' read byJemma Redgrave
led into an Act of Remembrance, after which children from the Cathedral School
presented 569 orchids to the relatives, while the Balinese music group Gamelan
Kembang Kirang played.
Tom pronounced the blessing at the end of the service after which His Royal
Highness spoke to the families and survivors in a specially-erected marquee in
the North West courtyard.
The Cathedral Canons light candles in memory of
the 26 UK citizens who died
Jemma Redgrave reads Tagore's