Churches Prepare to Lead Tributes for London Bombings Anniversary

LONDON – The whole of England is set to hold a two-minute moment of silence across the country at 12 noon this Friday. Churches across London have declared a series of commemorative services to pay tribute to those that died in the July 7 terrorist bombings one year ago.

Friday will see St Paul’s Cathedral open for people to come and pray from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Following this, the Cathedral will unite congregants in remembrance, and a reflection will be given on the atrocities by the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres.

A special tolling of the bell will be held to remember those that died tragically one year before, with candles set to be lit to represent Aldgate, Edgware Road and Russell Square – the sites of the bombings.

At 9:47 a.m. a further remembrance will be held for those who died at Tavistock Square, and a reflection will be given by the Dean of St Paul’s, the Very Rev John Moses.

In addition, London’s other churches, which were deeply involved with caring for the survivors of the bombings, will also hold various services for those who wish to pay tribute and mark the first anniversary of the bombings.

St Pancras Church in Euston Road, near to the Tavistock Square explosion, will hold a Christian service, but has also invited those of other faiths to take part and show their solidarity at 12:30 p.m.

The church will be open for prayer from 9 a.m., throughout the day until 6 p.m.

St George the Martyr in Queen Square, which is also close to Tavistock Square, will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. for private prayers, in addition to two short services at 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

St Botolph’s in Aldgate will also be holding a two-minute silence at 12 noon and a service of remembrance at 1 p.m., and is inviting all to attend.