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The Ecumenical Patriarch and the Archbishop of Canterbury attend Evensong

Wednesday, 4th November 2015

The Ecumenical Patriarch and the Archbishop of Canterbury attend Evensong

Evensong at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 3rd November was held in the presence of His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, and His Grace The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby.

The service formed part of the visit of His All Holiness to the United Kingdom and was also attended by metropolitans, archbishops and bishops of the Orthodox Churches and Anglican Communion and many guests.

The Welcome was given the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall.

The Venerable Andrew Tremlett, Canon in Residence, read Ezekiel 18: 21 - end, and the Dean read St Matthew 18: 12 - 20.

The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis were sung to the Collegium Regale setting of John Tavener.

The Archbishop and the Ecumenical Patriarch attended the service to mark the publication of a new agreed statement between their two Churches. They were presented with bound copies of a Common Statement, 'In the Image and Likeness of God: A Hope-Filled Anthropology', by the chairmen of the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue, His Grace Metropolitan Kallistos of Diocleia and the His Grace the Archbishop of Perth, Western Australia, The Most Reverend Roger Herft.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Ecumenical Patriarch each gave an address.

His Grace and His All Holiness, with other prelates and the Dean and Chapter, prayed in the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor, having first venerated the Shrine of the Saint.

Order of Service (263KB)

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The Shrine of St Edward the Confessor is one of the most powerful features of the Abbey. To stand in the presence of a man who is both a saint and a monarch is awe-inspiring.

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