Reconciliation is the theme for this Sunday’s worship from Coventry Cathedral which will be broadcast on Radio 4 this Sunday morning as part of the BBC’s Remembrance programming.
The Dean of Coventry, the Very Revd John Witcombe will lead the service which will include contributions from Christians in Berlin as the service reflects on two World Wars and the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Next year, 2020 sees the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Coventry Cathedral in November 1940 which left it almost fully destroyed. The then Provost, Provost Howard had the words ‘Father Forgive’ inscribed on the wall behind the Altar of the ruined building. It was the start of a ministry of reconciliation for Coventry Cathedral.
(2020 will also be the Year of Cathedrals, Year of Pilgrimage with special events and celebrations happening all over the country).
These words are now used as the response in the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation, which is prayed in the new Cathedral every weekday at noon (in the Ruins on Fridays), and is used throughout the world by the Community of the Cross of Nails – a worldwide network of over 200 churches, charities, peace-building centres, and educational and training organisations, inspired by the Coventry story of destruction, rebuilding and renewal, and active in reconciliation.
To mark the anniversary of the bombing, Coventry Cathedral will be transformed after dark over three nights next week with evocative light projections and poetry to mark the story of those who fought to save the medieval Cathedral when it was bombed during the German raid of 14 November 1940.
The free installation called When Light Falls by Historic England, the Poetry Society and leading creatives Double Take Projections, will take place from Thursday November 14 to Saturday November 16, 5 – 9pm. It is part of the Coventry Peace Festival.
The installation follows a companion piece at St Paul’s Cathedral earlier this month which drew thousands of people to the City of London to remember members of the St Paul’s Watch who risked their lives to protect the building during the Second World War.
Sunday Worship Radio 4, a Tale of Two Cities will be broadcast on Sunday 8.10am -8.50am.