200 people last night (Wednesday 29 March) responded to the invitation from the the Imam of Bangor Islamic Centre and the Dean of Bangor – Mirazam Khan and the Very Reverend Kathy Jones – come together in reflection and to pray for peace a week on from the terrorist attack in London (Wednesday 22 March).
At 5:30pm in Bangor Cathedral, people from the different faith communities in the city of Bangor – alongside people from Anglesey and some who had travelled from Meirionnydd – spent an hour together in prayers and reflection. It was a moving and prayerful hour, and people commented that ‘it was humbling to be part of such an occasion.’
Dean Kathy Jones welcomed people to to the Vigil, before the Bishop of Bangor, the Right Reverend Andy John, and Imam Mirazam Khan addressed the congregation. Praying for peace was the main focus for the vigil, and people were also asked to remember those who were killed last week, to pray for those who were injured and for whom the scars will endure for many years, as well as for those who mourn.
Imam Mirazam, who spoke in Arabic and English – Dean Kathy and Bishop Andy were clear in asking for prayer for those who suffer, calling for peace and an end to terrorism. They also spoke of the role that faith can play, as well as the example that people of different faiths can give when they pray and work together in harmony.
Dean Kathy then opened the Vigil with a prayer from the United Nations and Imam Mirazam lit the Candle of Peace from which the people of the congregation then had the opportunity to light their own candle of peace, which they could leave with other candles or take home. There were many minutes whilst people queued to light their candle and the return to their seats to sit in quiet reflection.
Once the candles were lit, the 200 people sat together in a most prayerful silence for over 20 minutes.
At 6:30pm Dean Kathy concluded the Vigil with a short prayer.
As one person left the Cathedral, they commented, ‘that was just what was needed.’