Skip to main content

Westminster Abbey holds annual Civic Service

Sunday, 6th July 2014

Westminster Abbey holds annual Civic Service

The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, welcomed The Lord Mayor of Westminster and Deputy High Steward of the Abbey, Councillor Audrey Lewis, and other City of Westminster councillors to Westminster Abbey for the Civic Service on Sunday 6th July.

The annual service marks the historic links between Westminster Abbey and the City of Westminster.

The Bidding was given by the Dean, who also pronounced the Blessing. The Address was given by the Lord Mayor’s Chaplain, the Very Reverend Michael Persson.

Lessons were read by the Leader of Westminster City Council, Cllr Philippa Roe (Isaiah 49: 8–18); and the Lord Mayor’s Consort (Revelation 21: 22–22: 5).

Prayers were led by the Reverend Dr James Hawkey, Minor Canon and Precentor of Westminster, and were said by the Reverend Professor Vernon White, Canon of Westminster; Laura Solomons, West London Synagogue; and Shakeel Ahmed Kunwar, The Islamic Cultural Centre and The London Central Mosque.

The service was sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by the Organist and Master of the Choristers, James O’Donnell. The organ was played by Daniel Cook, Sub-Organist. Music before the service was played by Martin Ford, Assistant Organist.
A collection was taken for the Sir Simon Milton Foundation.

See also:

The Order of Service (PDF, 591 KB)

The Address given by the Lord Mayor's Chaplain, the Very Reverend Michael Persson

Related News

A mace bearer leads the Lord Mayor of Westminster and the Dean of Westminster through Westminster Abbey's cloisters

Westminster Abbey welcomes new Lord Mayor

Monday, 8th July 2019

Baroness Trumpington attending a party

Thanksgiving Service for Baroness Trumpington

Tuesday, 25th June 2019

Lord Heywood remembered

Lord Heywood remembered

Thursday, 20th June 2019

The biggest challenge we face is actually time – getting all our work done alongside the daily routine of the Abbey as a working church, visitor attraction and home to 1,000 years of history.


Wolter - Heritage Cleaner

Twitter logo Tweet this