Cathedral digital service commemorates VE Day
Norwich Cathedral is planning a poignant digital service to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the end of the Second World War in Europe.
After nearly six years of war, on 7 May 1945 Germany officially surrendered, and the following day celebrations broke out all over the world to mark Victory in Europe. For many though, the celebrations were bittersweet as people mourned the loss of loved ones and the war in the Far East continued.
Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the anniversary of this moment in history will be marked with a special act of digital worship instead of the traditional commemorative service that would have been held inside the Cathedral. A Service of Thanksgiving, Rededication and Hope on the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe will be published on the Norwich Cathedral Services YouTube Channel on Sunday 10 May.
The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges, said: “Many people, especially those who lived through the Second World War and those who fought for their country, will be very disappointed that the original plans made to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day have had to be cancelled.
“However, this does not mean that we can’t remember the incredible sacrifices made by that generation of amazing people, which have given freedom to those of us born in subsequent years.
“It’s so important for us to learn lessons from the past and also to think about people who continue to suffer as a result of conflict in our world today.
“During the present COVID 19 crisis we are at a moment in world history when we can dedicate ourselves anew to working together, not only for peace, but for the flourishing of people of every nation. So let us all commit ourselves to this on such a significant anniversary.”
During the digital service, General the Lord Dannatt, a former head of the British Army, will give a reading and a Second World War veteran will be joined by some young people to lead the act of rededication.
The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher, will deliver the homily and give the blessing.
The service will be available on the Norwich Cathedral Services YouTube Channel on Sunday 10 May.
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Pictured: Military flags in St Saviour's Chapel by Bill Smith