London: Olympic Peace Prayer Vigil


Where else would you find  Brazilians, Catholics, Buddhists, Pentecostals and others praying through the night for peace?  At St Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church on Trafalgar Square of course!

To mark the opening of the 100 Days of Peace for the 2012 Games, Westminster Justice and Peace, together with St Martin in the Fields and the London Church Leaders’ Group, will hold a 12-hour vigil in St Martin in the Fields church in Trafalgar Square, on 8 June  from 11pm – 9 June 12 noon.

The Anglican Bishop of London, Archbishop Vincent Nichols and other church leaders will be taking part.  Each hour will be led by different groups, including More Than Gold, London Citizens, the London Peace Alliance, World Vision, Christian Aid, CAFOD, Pax Christi, Anna Scher- drama leader with communities in conflict, London’s Brazilian community, St Ethelburgas Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Sikh and Buddhist community inspired by Thich Nhat Hahn, as well as a selection of youth choirs and the St Martin’s Choral Choir.

The 100 Days of Peace is a coalition initiative to celebrate the London 2012 Games with the Olympic Truce concept of peace  - before during and after the Games, and to begin to create a legacy of peace for London and beyond.  8 June marks 50 days before the Games begin, and 28 October the fiftieth day after.  Other ‘100 Days‘ events are being organised by the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, by London Citizens and the John Paul II Sports Foundation.  There will be a closing event  in October, to pass the legacy of peace on to the Brazilian community towards the  Rio 2016 Games.

In an uncertain time for London’s security, for young people, for the homeless, for those being trafficked, or for those countries so poor that they struggle to send athletes to the Games, it is vital that we pause for a while, and pray together for peace.

The 100 Days of Peace coalition invites everyone not only to attend the Vigil, but to pray each day during this period for peace, and to build a peace legacy after the Truce period ends on October 28th.

Registration not necessary, but groups of five and over should contact the organisers for tickets so they can plan seating.

For further information contact:
Barbara Kentish   0208 888 4222 or 07758630961
Or email justice@rcdow.org.uk

STOP PRESS: 50 Stewards  are needed  for three-hour ‘blocks’ at the Prayer Vigil.  You will need to arrive by 10.20pm for night briefing (10pm-7am) or 7.20am  for morning briefing.  Duties include ensuring a prayerful atmosphere, seating people, distributing  programmes, directing people to toilets, etc.  First Aid qualification welcome!


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