Following the bombing of the mediaeval Cathedral in 1940, Provost Howard had the words ‘Father Forgive’ inscribed on the wall behind the Altar of the ruined building.

These words are used as the response in the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation, which is prayed in the new Cathedral every weekday at noon (in the Ruins on Fridays), and is used throughout the world by the Community of the Cross of Nails.


All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

The hatred which divides nation from nation, race from race, class from class,
Father, forgive.

The covetous desires of people and nations to possess what is not their own,
Father, forgive.

The greed which exploits the work of human hands and lays waste the earth,
Father, forgive.

Our envy of the welfare and happiness of others,
Father, forgive.

Our indifference to the plight of the imprisoned, the homeless, the refugee,
Father, forgive.

The lust which dishonours the bodies of men, women and children,
Father, forgive.

The pride which leads us to trust in ourselves and not in God,
Father, forgive.

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

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Coventry Cathedral's inspirational story of reconciliation continues as the Cathedral ruins are designated a memorial to civilians killed, injured or traumatised by conflict worldwide. We seek to educate and raise awareness of the continued impact of war, to reflect on these issues through prayer, pilgrimage, and call for positive change.
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#Coventrians you have to check this out! |Like+Comment+Share| In the ruins of the old Cathedral of St Michael we see Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret with clergymen making their way towards the new building. The Queen talks to Sir Basil Spence, architect of the new cathedral. The royals are escorted by Lord Provost, Bishop of Coventry. Inside the new cathedral we see a huge congregation gathered for the consecration, including numerous clergymen. Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Ramsey makes his way to the altar past organist. Trumpeters sound fanfare on arrival of the Queen. Shots of the Baptistry window by John Piper, tapestry on East Wall by Graham Sutherland, modern gold cross. #Coventry #History #RoyalVisit Credit - The British Pathe

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