Thousands gathered last Thursday evening 4 December in the 850 year old Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. They were Christians, pilgrims and many others who were engaged in the Climate Summit in Paris, and those who simply wished to part of this ecumenical prayer service for the future of our planet.
The service was organised by the Council of Churches of France and the three Co-Presidents, Pasteur François Clavairoly (Protestant), Metropolitan Emmanuel (Orthodox) and Archbishop Georges Pontier (RC) led major parts of the service. The welcome was given by Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris. When he invited the assembly to share a sign of peace, the Cathedral was filled with voices of many nations greeting each other as one family.
Over 50 church leaders from around the world joined in the procession, including 6 Anglican bishops. Several Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church were present, a good representation of Orthodox bishops and others from Lutheran and Protestant Churches. The Archbishop of Uppsala, Antje Jackelén, read the Gospel in English.
|Anglican Bishops Marc Andrus (California), Nick Holtam (Salisbury), Hamid, Fred Hiltz (Archbishop and Primate of Canada), Pierre Whalon (Convocation of TEC in Europe), John Stroyan (Warwick), with Canon Dr Leslie Nathaniel|