London: hundreds attend Advent peace service

St Aloysius Church, Euston, London was the venue for the annual Pax Christi Advent Peace Service. Hundreds gathered to take part in a liturgy with music led by composer and liturgist, Bernadette Farrell, and hear scriptural and contemporary readings and prayers that set out the longing of our world for peace.

The Westminster Diocesan Deaf Service signed the whole service, adding a new, inclusive element to the evening which was much appreciated.

During the service those gathered were invited to take part in the Pax Christi Christmas Messages of Hope and Peace to Bethlehem, a project Pax Christi has supported for some years. They were also urged to 'stay with Pax Christi' for the whole year, seeking ways in which each one can build a culture of peace in schools, parishes and communities.

Around a centrepiece featuring the Earth surrounded by images of war, conflict and violence, worshipers lit candles of hope as part of a prayer commitment to work for peace in the year ahead.

The service was followed by an alternative Christmas market, offering goods in support of small scale peace and justice projects in the UK and around the world.

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