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Westminster Abbey Marks Srebrenica Anniversary

Monday, 6th July 2015

Westminster Abbey Marks Srebrenica Anniversary

A Solemn Commemoration for Srebrenica Memorial Day was held at Westminster Abbey at Noon on Monday 6th July.

The service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, who said in his Bidding:

In Westminster Abbey, a place of Christian prayer and commemoration at the heart of our nation for over a thousand years, we come into the presence of almighty God, bringing our hopes and fears, our sorrows and joys, our penitence and thanksgiving.
We come with our own faith, together with those of other faiths and of no faith, to a solemn commemoration of the genocide in Srebrenica twenty years ago. We shall remember the events of those days and those who died and all those who suffer the consequences, and we shall pray for them.
We shall reflect on our common humanity and the reality of man's inhumanity to man, on the cruelty that lurks in each of us and that can be unleashed for destruction. Above all, we shall look for signs of hope, of forgiveness, of reconciliation, and we shall pray that under God all may be one.

Addresses were given by His Excellency Bakir Izetbegović, President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and by the Right Honourable Greg Clark MP, Secretary for Communities and Local Government.

His Excellency Husein Kavazović, Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina, read Qur'an 81: 1 - 14 (Surah At-Takwir) and Qur'an 3: 8 - 9 (Surah Ale-Imran). Colonel Bob Stewart DSO MP read Revelation 21: 1 - 7.

Testimonies were given by Munira Subašić, President, Mothers of Srebrenica Association, and by the Right Honourable The Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon GCMG KBE CH.

The prayers were led by the Reverend Christopher Stoltz, Minor Canon and Sacrist, and said by: Chris Comiskey, pupil, Bethnal Green Academy; Hamza Khan, pupil, Witton Park Academy; and the Venerable Andrew Tremlett, Canon in Residence.

During the Act of Remembrance, twenty memorial candles were lit to mark the twentieth anniversary of the genocide, and prayers were said by: Theo Gilbert, pupil, Bethnal Green Academy; Askifah Khan, pupil Witton Park Academy; and the Venerable Andrew Tremlett. Nedžad Advić, Srebrenica survivor, read The Srebrenica Prayer which is displayed at the Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial Centre and Cemetery.

The service was sung by the Westminster Abbey Special Service Choir, conducted by James O'Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers. The organ was played by Daniel Cook, Sub-Organist, and before the service by Martin Ford, Assistant Organist.

The Order of Service

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