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/ 1 June 2017

St Paul’s Cathedral to host Thy Kingdom Come beacon event

Under the Dome, looking at the Quire

Thousands of Londoners are expected to flock to St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday 3 June for an evening of worship and prayer when ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ descends on the capital as part of the ‘global wave of prayer’ sweeping the country throughout the nine days between the Christian feasts of Ascension and Pentecost.

The beacon service at St Paul’s is one of 29 different beacon events taking place in cathedrals across the country, with hundreds of other services and celebrations being hosted locally and also around the world.

The evening event at St Paul’s on 3 June will see the Rt Revd Ric Thorpe, Bishop of Islington, join with the Ven Liz Adekunle, Archdeacon of Hackney, as well other participants including Matt Redman, the Grammy Award-winning songwriter; Tolu Agbelusi, the poet and playwright; and Guvna B, the MOBO Award-winning Christian rap artist, in what promises to be a passionate, and uplifting evening of prayer.

Liz Adekunle, Archdeacon of Hackney, said:

“It is a privilege to lead ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ at St Paul’s for the second time. Although this is still a young movement, in 2016 over 2,000 Christians gathered at the Cathedral to share in our prayers. This year is even more ambitious and I would like to encourage everyone to try and attend and to take part in this exciting and powerful global call to prayer.”

‘Thy Kingdom Come’ was established in 2016 by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to encourage Christians to spend more time in prayer during the run-up to Pentecost. The first year saw over 100,000 Christians take part in services around the world, and on Bank Holiday Monday, St Paul’s began the week by hosting a family friendly ‘Messy Cathedral’, that was attended by hundreds of children, and their families.

The beacon event at St Paul’s Cathedral on 3 June will start at 7.30pm. Tickets can be reserved via Eventbrite, which will guarantee a seat, however, unreserved tickets, on a first come, first served basis, will be available when the Cathedral doors open at 6.30pm.

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