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Sunday, December 4, 2016
July 7 remembered with special Mass
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¬†A special sung Mass for peace and justice was offered on Saturday at St Etheldreda's, in Ely Place, London, to mark the second anniversary of the 7 July bombings. The congregation included survivors, relatives of the 52 people killed and members of the emergency services who took part in the rescue operations. Parish priest Father Kit Cunningham was the chief celebrant. Father Dermot Power gave the homily. The First Reading was read by Detective Sergeant James Carrington from the Metropolitan Police. Music from the choir of St Ethledreda's, directed by Paul Gillham, included Palestrina's Missa Brevis, Tomas Luis de Victoria's Ave Maria and Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus. One of those who attended the Mass was Gill Kerr ≠ the last person to be brought out alive from Russell Square tube station. Gill lost both her legs in the bombing but learnt to walk again on prosthetic limbs in time for her planned wedding six months later. Gill and her fiancee Joe were married by Fr Kit at St Etheldreda's in December 2005. At the time Fr Kit said: "Gill is a very brave, very positive girl. The wedding was booked before the disaster and when I went to see her in hospital the first thing she said to me was: 'Father I shall walk up the aisle'. She's very determined and wants to get on with her life and not let this terrible disaster ruin it." Earlier in the day Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined relatives of victims and survivors in a private ceremony at Kings Cross station at 8.50am, two years to the minute since the attacks took place.
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