Service of Reflection on lockdown anniversary

Monday March 22nd 2021

A special Service of Reflection will be live-streamed from Belfast Cathedral on Tuesday March 23 – the first anniversary of the imposition of national lockdown in Northern Ireland.

The charity Marie Curie has called for this to be a National Day of Reflection, asking businesses, civic buildings and churches to participate by pausing in memory of the more than 2,100 lives lost to Covid-19 locally.

In support of this, and as part of its own Lives Reflected initiative, St Anne’s will be share its service at 7.30pm on March 23, and the service can be viewed live HERE.

It will take the form of Choral Evensong, featuring settings by David Terry and Matthew Owens, and the anthem Pie Jesu from Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. Candles will be lit in remembrance of every person who has died with a Covid diagnosis.

At the same time, the cathedral is conscious of the many more deaths that have taken place over the past 12 months where normal funeral arrangements and grieving processes were not possible, and this will be reflected during the service too. To that end, the cathedral has established the Lives Reflected website as a National Online Book of Remembrance.

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