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Friday, 16 September 2016

Great Fire 350: Radio 4 Sunday Worship & Songs of Praise

It's not too late to listen to 'Phoenix from the Ashes', the BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship service that I led at St Stephen Walbrook to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire. The service features the Bishop of London Richard Chartres preaching on the theme of the Great Fire.
The BBC were back at St Stephen Walbrook this morning to record material for the edition of Songs of Praise which will also mark Great Fire 350. The Great Fire of London in 1666 was described as an act of God and in this edition Pam Rhodes will explore why and discovers the new city churches that formed the heart of the city that rose from the ashes.

Early on Sunday, 2nd September 1666, a fire in a bakery near London Bridge became out of control and a strong wind fanned the flames westward. Not only the wooden houses, but warehouses, public buildings and churches were consumed in the fierce heat - molten lead running in the gutters, while stone was burnt to lime. The Great Fire destroyed over three quarters of the City.

A large number of the City Churches were rebuilt, many designed by Sir Christopher Wren, including one of his most famous, St Stephen Walbrook.

The ever increasing range and diversity of Christian worship in the City Churches today was celebrated in the Radio 4 service by including contributions from some of the newer priests in the City, including Rev David Ingall from St Sepulchre's, and Revd Sally Muggeridge from St Stephen's.


Illuminare Choir - Ubi Caritas.

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