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Posted on: 16/11/2021

Staff And Students Attend Guildford Cathedral Memorial Service

A time of remembering – a memorial service for Surrey in the midst of pandemic

From the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, we have all been affected in differing ways, whether it be the loss of a loved one through Covid-19, or through some other illness, and the restrictions meant that we were unable to celebrate their lives in the way we would have wanted to; there may be others still suffering as a result of Covid, and key workers from emergency and essential services that we all became so reliant upon will have worked in difficult conditions and will have been affected by the conditions that they had to, and continue to, work under.

On Sunday 7th November, a memorial service was held at Guildford Cathedral, and was an opportunity for members of all sectors of the community in Surrey, of Christian and other faiths, to come together in prayer and reflection, and then look forward to the future.

Christ’s College was asked by the Dean of Guildford Cathedral, The Very Reverend Dianna Gwilliams, take part by leading the prayers and a reading at the service,.  Three of our students Chris, Beth and Amber represented the College. Mrs Hatch, the students’ parents and Rev Sarah joined them for this service and were proud of the contribution they made.   Readings and contributions were made by a range of people, from the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey to a consultant at Kingston hospital on their experience and reflections on the effect the pandemic has had and continues to have. The theme of’ stronger together’ ran through their talks.

Candles were lit by representatives of faith communities and then by everyone. Each represented a memory of a loved one who had died or is suffering as a consequence of Covid-19. As the Cathedral Girls’ Choir sang, accompanied by a teenage cellist, it was hard not to shed a tear listening to these words:

O joy that sleekest me through pain

I cannot close my heart to thee

I trace the rainbow through the rain

And feel the promise is not vain

That morn shall tearless be






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