Abbey dedicates memorial to C S Lewis
Friday, 22nd November 2013
A Service to Dedicate a Memorial to C S Lewis, writer, scholar and apologist, was held at Westminster Abbey on Friday 22nd November 2013.
The service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, who said in his Bidding:
Fifty years after the death of C S Lewis, we assemble to give thanks for his life and work. We celebrate his work as a scholar, as one of the most significant Christian apologists of the twentieth century, and as the author of stories that have inspired the imagination and faith of countless readers and film-goers.
Here are buried or memorialised over three thousand men and women of our country and of the Commonwealth and of the English-speaking world. Today the name of C S Lewis will join that distinguished roll when we dedicate a permanent memorial to him near the graves and memorials of poets and other writers in the South Transept.
As we celebrate C S Lewis, so we shall pray that scholars, writers and apologists may be inspired by his example, and that his work will continue to exercise an influence for good on young and old alike.
The Address was given the former Archbishop of Canterbury, the Right Reverend and Right Honourable The Lord Williams of Oystermouth.
During the service Beyond Personality: The New Men, an excerpt of a broadcast made for BBC Radio by C S Lewis, was played.
Dr Francis Warner, C S Lewis's last pupil, read Isaiah 35: 1-7; 10 and Professor Helen Cooper, Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English, University of Cambridge (the Chair held by C S Lewis 1954-63) read 2 Corinthians 4: 5-end.