Marking 365 Days of War in Ukraine: Candlelit Procession and Vigil takes place at Derby Cathedral

Written on 01/03/2023

Marking 365 Days of War in Ukraine: Candlelit Procession and Vigil takes place at Derby Cathedral

365 days of war in Ukraine were marked in Derby on Friday 24th February with a candlelit procession and a vigil in Derby Cathedral.

The Procession began at Cathedral Green where hundreds of members of the public and the Ukrainian Community of Derby gathered together with beautifully hand made sunflowers made in community workshops organised by Derby CAN – Creative Arts Network

After a short walk through Derby Market Place the procession ended outside the Cathedral where the candles were placed on the ground to create the number ‘365’, marking the number of days since the War in Ukraine began.
The Dean of Derby; The Very Revd Dr Peter Robinson then led a candle lit Vigil with prayers inside the Cathedral, people were invited to write a message on a specially created Sunflower of Hope.

He said: “We pray for the people of Ukraine and their families and we pray for an end to the war, conflict, violence and suffering. We thank God for the love and support that Ukrainians all over the world have received.”

The event included a film and music installation by local artist Phil Harris and was also supported by Derby’s Multi-Faith Centre and Derby CAN (Derby Creative Arts Network)

On Sunday, 26th February, local leaders of the Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Baha’i and Quaker faiths will offer prayers and readings at a vigil scheduled to start at 2pm, also in Derby Cathedral.

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