Abbey Honours the Life and Work of Nelson Mandela
Monday, 3rd March 2014
His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales represented Her Majesty The Queen at a Service to Celebrate the Life and Work of Nelson Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa, at Westminster Abbey on Monday 3rd March 2014.
The service was also attended by the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable David Cameron MP, and the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe.
The service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, who said in his Bidding:
A service of thanksgiving for South Africa was held here in Westminster Abbey twenty years ago to celebrate the first democratic elections which brought black majority rule to South Africa, and the return of the country to membership of the Commonwealth. At that time, all who were here, and people throughout the world thanked God for the triumph of a spirit of reconciliation, and for peaceful transition.
It is hard to imagine that any of this would have been possible without the grace and generosity shown by Nelson Mandela. Today we join together, representing the people of South Africa, of the United Kingdom, and of the Commonwealth, to give thanks to almighty God for a truly great man.
As we recall the life and work of Nelson Mandela, we shall give heartfelt thanks, and we shall pray for the people of South Africa, and for peace and justice in God’s world.
During the service a recording of part of the 1994 Presidential Inauguration Speech by Nelson Mandela was played.
Tributes were paid by the Deputy President of South Africa and the Right Honourable Peter Hain MP.
His Excellency Obed Mlaba, High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa, read Joshua 4: 1-7, 19-end and the Prime Minister read St John 10: 10-16.
The Address was given by the Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town.