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UK churches mark 2 year anniversary of lockdown

by Kelly Valencia

Churches across the UK have marked the second anniversary of the first Covid-19 lockdown.

With 'walls of reflection' and remembrance created in cathedrals and churches, people have been able to bring photos, prayers and memories to honour those who have died.

Cathedrals have also joined other landmarks across the country by lighting up their buildings in yellow as a sign of support. 

The Bishop of London, Rt Rev Sarah Mullally, chair of the UK Commission on Bereavement, said: "On the second anniversary of the first lockdown, I recall how helpless so many people, including myself, felt in the early days of the pandemic, surrounded by constant reminders of the magnitude of loss being experienced across the country.

"Today is a day to reflect. To pause and remember those we have lost over the past two years and to pray for the millions of people who have been bereaved during the pandemic, who were left unable to grieve in traditional ways with the support of family and friends."

Southwell Minster will launch 'Portraits from an Artist in Isolation (Real People Real Heroes)' - an exhibition of 49 paintings, culminating 18 months of work by artist, Sarah Flanagan, honouring keyworkers in the pandemic.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rt Rev Justin Welby, said: "Today is a moment to acknowledge all we have been through - individually, in our relationships, and as a nation - to mourn all we have lost and recognise all we have learnt about the importance of compassion and community.

"Christ calls us to be his presence in the world: may this difficult time be for us a turning point, a moment where we resolve again to build a fairer, kinder society together - one which honours those we have lost and the hardships we have faced."

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