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Quaker Tour of England, Page 8 of 22
Ruined cathedral church of St. Michael
Inside of new Coventry Cathedral
charred timbers cross - "Father forgive"
Reconciliation statue at Coventry Cathedral
While not a Quaker site, Coventry Cathedral was the most moving place we visited. On the night of 14 November 1940, German bombers devastated the city, leaving the Cathedral a burned-out shell. The Cathedral stonemason, Jock Forbes, noticed that two charred medieval roof timbers had fallen in the shape of a cross. He set them up in the ruins, where they were later placed on an altar of rubble with the words "Father forgive" behind on the sanctuary wall.
The Cathedral provost, Dick Howard, had a vision which led to the cathedral's Ministry of Peace and Reconciliation, which works to strengthen friendship and increase understanding among nations. There is a service every Friday in the ruins, which uses the Litany of Reconciliation (below). In addition to the wooden cross, there is a Cross of Nails on the altar fashioned from three medieval nails. The Cross of Nails has become the symbol of the Ministry.
The morning after the Cathedral was destroyed, the decision was made to rebuild it. The glorious new Cathedral was consecrated on 25 May 1962, next to the ruined one.
THE COVENTRY LITANY OF RECONCILIATION
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
The hatred which divides nation from nation, race from race, class from class,
The covetous desires of people and nations to possess what is not their own,
The greed which exploits the work of human hands and lays waste the earth,
Our envy of the welfare and happiness of others,
Our indifference to the plight of the imprisoned, the homeless, the refugee,
The lust which dishonours the bodies of men, women and children,
The pride which leads us to trust in ourselves and not in God,
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
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