Jo Cox MP remembered at St Margaret’s Service

A Service of Prayer and Remembrance to Commemorate Jo Cox MP was held at St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey, on Monday 20th June at 4.00pm.

The service was conducted by the Venerable Andrew Tremlett, Sub-Dean and Rector of St Margaret's, and the Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons.

In his Bidding, the Venerable Andrew Tremlett, said: 'For more than four hundred years, Members of Parliament have come to pray here at St Margaret's Church, the Parish Church of the House of Commons, at times of national moment and personal commemoration.

'We wish to God we were not here to mourn Jo Cox today; that Thursday's terrible events had never happened.

'But as people of good faith, of unshakeable determination, and unswerving commitment to serve the people of the United Kingdom, we come here to offer our prayers and petitions, the pain of our hearts, and the cries of our souls, as we remember and pray for Jo Cox, Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, for Brendan, and for their children.

'What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? [Micah 6.8]'

The Address was given by the Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin.

The Right Honourable John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, read Deuteronomy 15: 7-11. The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England, and Metropolitan read Philippians 4: 4-9 and spoke briefly.

The Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead read Brave Woman by Zeki Majed.

Prayers were led by the Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Chaplain; the Right Reverend Christopher Foster, Duty Bishop in the House of Lords; and Canon Pat Browne, Roman Catholic Duty Priest in Parliament.

The service was sung by the Choir of St Margaret's Church, conducted by Aidan Oliver, Director of Music. The organ was played by Richard Pearce.

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