Abbey Remembers Haiti a Year on from the Earthquake
Monday, 17th January 2011
A Service for Haiti was held at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 16th January 2011 at 6.30 pm.
The Dean and Chapter of Westminster welcomed the London based charity United Haitians in the United Kingdom (UHUK) to the Abbey for a time of remembrance, reflection, and renewed hope, a year on from the earthquake that devastated Haiti.
The service was conducted by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, and the Address was given by The Reverend The Lord Griffiths of Burry Port, Superintendent Minister, Wesley’s Chapel, London. The Right Honourable Andrew Mitchell MP, Secretary of State for International Development was also present.
During the service Carole Attis, Chair, United Haitians in the United Kingdom, laid a wreath at the Innocent Victims’ Memorial. David Peppiatt, International Director, British Red Cross gave the Reflection.
The Archbishop of Westminster, The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, led the Act of Rededication saying ‘Let us dedicate ourselves afresh to be bearers of hope to Christ’s world’.
Readings were given by Antony Stan Gebara Johnson (Isaiah 61: 1-4) and Elise Breton-Jones (Matthew 25: 31-40).
Prayers were led by The Reverend Dr James Hawkey, Minor Canon of Westminster.
The service was sung by the Chiswick Adventist Choir, directed by Lynda Saunders and the organ was played by James McVinnie, Assistant Organist.
The Order of Service (PDF, 54.9 KB)