16 May 2018 IN: Parish News
Churches will remember the anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing with special services, music, flowers and art.
The attack at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, which claimed the lives of 22 people, shocked the world and saw the city and well-wishers around the world come together in a display of solidarity and a refusal to bow to those intent on spreading hatred.
In this spirit, the city will mark the first anniversary of the attack on 22 May with a non-denominational civic memorial service at Manchester Cathedral. Invitations have been extended to bereaved families and first responders to reflect on the events of that terrible day and remember each of the 22 loved ones who lost their lives. This service will be by invitation only, but the Cathedral will open from 6pm for members of the public to light a candle and have quiet time.
St Ann’s Church, which became a focal point for people seeking solace, comfort and support, is holding a flower festival to commemorate the anniversary. The church will be open from 10am to 10pm from Monday 21 May to Wednesday 23 May. Come and see the flowers and spend a moment in quiet contemplation in the beautiful church.
There will also be performances of Faure's Requiem and Gospel music during the week.
Embracing Manchester, an exhibition of artwork inspired by a young Muslim hugging strangers in St Ann’s Square days after the Manchester Arena disaster last year, goes on display at St Ann’s Church, Manchester from 17 May to 6 June 2018.
Artist Ghislaine Howard has produced a set of 40 paintings, each depicting one of the embraces made by a young Muslim man, Baktash Noori (Bako) to strangers in St Ann’s Square as his response to the terrible disaster at the Manchester Arena just days before.