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Friday, December 9, 2016
Icon of Our Lady to sail the Thames
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 An original six-foot icon of Our Lady Star of the Sea (Stella Maris in Latin) - patroness of seafarers - will be welcomed to London tomorrow by sailing up the Thames on a tug as part of the Icon's year-long tour around Britain's coastline. The icon, commissioned by the Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) in Great Britain and painted by renowned neo-Coptic iconographer Dr Stéphane René, will be carried on board the tugboat Adsteam Mercia from Greenwich into central London and under Tower Bridge before stopping at HMS Belfast. The tug will leave Greenwich at 11am. The tug and the icon will be accompanying the Seven Seas Voyager, a cruise ship for 700 people, and another ship as they sail upstream from Greenwich. The journey will take them past sites of major importance to London's prestigious maritime history. The voyage of the Icon will then complete at Tilbury Docks later in the afternoon. During its tour, which started in the North-East in April, the icon is serving as the focus to raise awareness of the issues facing international seafarers who bring us 95% of the goods we use and consume every day. Commodore Chris York, National Director of AOS, said: "This nationwide icon tour is tremendously exciting. It is an opportunity to raise the profile of the work of the Church in reaching out to seafarers, who are some of the most vulnerable and needy workers in our country and experience at first hand the pressures of globalisation. They may only be here for a few hours at a time, but the impact they have on our lives is immense and we owe it to them to provide for their needs." Source: AOS
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