Fri, 27 Mar | St. Paul's Cathedral

CANCELLATION of United Guilds' Service, St Paul's Cathedral on the 27th March 2020

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CANCELLATION of United Guilds' Service, St Paul's Cathedral on the 27th March 2020

Time & Location

27 Mar 2020, 10:40 – 12:20
St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, UK

About the Event

The Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Chairman of the United Guilds’ Service have decided with  great regret that owing to the prevailing nationwide situation regarding the risks of COVID-19, this year’s United Guilds Service at St Paul’s will be cancelled.  Particular factors that informed this decision included the scale of the event and the potential for restrictions on gatherings and movement over the coming fortnight 

Origins of the United Guilds’ Service At a meeting of the Masters and Prime Wardens of the Twelve Great Companies, held at Goldsmiths’ Hall on 1 February 1943, it was decided to hold a service in St Paul’s Cathedral for the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City of London, the idea being to help lift the spirits of the City following the Blitz during the Second World War.

Having regard to the religious origins of the Companies, the service is held each year on Lady Day, being the first day of the year according to the Julian Calendar. Along with the Sheriffs and Court of Aldermen, The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of London, Sir Samuel Joseph, attended the first service at which the Rt Rev The Lord Bishop of London, Dr G F Fisher preached the sermon  As far as records show, this was the first occasion on which all the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City combined to hold a religious service. Since then, it has become an annual event and remains one of the few occasions in the calendar at which the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City can gather together as a whole.

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