St Paul’s Cathedral plans to build and dedicate a memorial to those who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
Beneath a mighty phoenix in the pediment of St Paul’s South Transept, looking out toward the River Thames, is carved into the stones of the Cathedral the word ‘Resurgam’ – ‘I shall rise again’ – a great proclamation of hope in the face of adversity.
For over 300 years the Cathedral with its famous dome has served as that national beacon of hope.
Most famously it was captured in an iconic photograph during the Blitz, a towering presence of resilience in the face of adversity.
We intend to build an inner portico at the North Transept and dedicate it as a physical memorial to those have died as a result of this new national tragedy, that their lives will not be forgotten.
We welcome those of all faiths and none, and intend that this new entrance will serve to welcome everyone into St Paul’s, a place of refuge, solace, and hope.
Poetry from the Remember Me & Never to Forget Memorial Concert
We are grateful to Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate, for sharing three poems for the Remember Me & Never to Forget Memorial Concert, Wednesday 23rd March 2022. The poems, read by actor Stephan McGann, can be viewed at the following links:
The Song Thrush and the Mountain Ash
Credit: Caroe Architecture Ltd/Fergus Connolly
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