Blessing the Thames

Sunday was a wonderful sunny day in London which made the annual blessing the river such a enjoyable occasion.

By tradition the clergy and congregations of Southwark Cathedral and the City’s St Magnus the Martyr met in the middle of London Bridge with the Bishop of Woolwich presiding.

It is always a surprise, although it should not be, to hear the prayers for those who have died in the river during the past year. We prayed also for those who work on the river including the lifeboat crews. 

This year was special as it was the first event on London Bridge during its 800th anniversary year. A London Bridge Fair and Sheep Drive is planned for Saturday 28 March. 

See pages 30-31.