Wellington Catholics and Anglicans combine to commemorate earthquake

On Wednesday 22 February Wellington’s Anglican and Catholic cathedral communities will gather to remember and pray for those who died, were injured or suffered loss in the Christchurch earthquake on 22 February 2011.

The service, which begins at 12:30pm in St Paul’s Cathedral will be jointly hosted by The Very Reverend Frank Nelson (Dean of St Paul’s) and Fr James Lyons (Parish Priest of the Catholic Sacred Heart Cathedral).

There will be short prayers and music from the combined choirs of the cathedrals, and an opportunity for people to light candles in memory of those who died or were injured in Christchurch last February.

The anniversary coincides with Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent, the annual Christian penitential season that ends on Easter Day. Those who wish will be able to receive the ashes, which are marked on the forehead in the form of a cross and symbolise undying hope in the midst of loss and suffering.

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