Special memorial to remember those who have lost their life to Coronavirus

15 June 2020
A special memorial to those who have died from Coronavirus in Norfolk has been put in place in front of the Nave Altar at Norwich Cathedral. To date 461 crosses have been carefully laid out by The Revd Canon Andy Bryant, the Cathedral’s Canon for Mission and Pastoral Care, and each cross represents somebody who has died from Covid-19 in the county.
The Bishop of Norwich blesses the coronavirus memorial (c) Bill Smith

The poignant flame of a single candle flickers in the centre of the memorial which on Monday morning was blessed by the Bishop of Norwich, The Rt Revd Graham Usher.

The Revd Canon Andy Bryant, Canon for Mission and Pastoral Care at the Cathedral, said: “As we begin to move towards the lifting of lockdown it feels important to not forget all those who have died from Covid-19. At Norwich Cathedral we especially wanted to remember all who have died across the county of Norfolk. We chose the symbol of a cross to mark each life lost as it is the supreme symbol of the depth of God’s love for each one of us. The sight of so many crosses laid out together is a poignant reminder of how many families are grieving as a result of this pandemic.”

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On Wednesdays at 12 noon, a member of Norwich Cathedral's clergy alone holds a Requiem to remember departed loved ones. Anybody who would like a candle lit in a loved one’s memory during the service is welcome to email prayers@cathedral.org.uk