Light up for Ukraine

09th March 2022

Winchester Cathedral will host a vigil of prayer, reflection and action this Saturday while blue and yellow searchlights will pierce the night sky above Exeter Cathedral as both cathedrals demonstrate their support for the people of Ukraine and all who are caught up in the conflict.

Winchester and Exeter Cathedral Light Up For Ukraine

In Winchester, people are invited to bring a candle or a daffodil they can lay down in the cathedral to show their solidarity and hundreds of candles will be lit and laid out on the cathedral floor to create a large outline of the map of Ukraine – a symbol of hope that even in the depths of darkness, light will prevail while the cathedral bells will toll in a call for peace.

The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester said,

“There has been a national outpouring of grief and concern for the people of Ukraine following its invasion, and the Cathedral wants to offer a way of channelling that goodwill into both prayer and action. 

“The vigil is for everyone, and anyone, who wants to come and express their support and concern. The Christian faith teaches love of thy neighbour and there is plenty of room in the cathedral for people of all faiths, and none, to come and stand for Ukraine.’

The vigil will be held in person and streamed online and will see people from all faiths come together to “reflect and pray” and will also include voices from Ukraine, music and readings, and resources will be provided for people to pray and take action.

Winchester Vigil: 11.00am – 11.40am. To watch the vigil online, join the Winchester Cathedral Live Stream here. 

Blue and yellow searchlights will pierce the sky above Exeter Cathedral every Saturday evening from 7pm until midnight to show solidarity with Ukraine. It has also launched a fundraising appeal for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

The powerful searchlights which can be visible from up to 20 miles away have been set up free of charge by Exeter-based sound and lighting production company, Stage Engage and will be switched on every Saturday evening.

Winchester and Exeter Cathedrals Light up for Ukraine

Anyone wishing to support the fundraising effort can donate online.

Photo credit – Stage Engage

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Winchester and Exeter Cathedrals Light up for Ukraine