AN EAST LONDON parish in the Brentwood Diocese is holding a vigil next Friday to pray for peace with Iraq.
The parishioners of Our Lady and St George's, Shemhall Street, Walthamstow will hold the vigil from 10.45pm on Friday January 24 until 5am on the Saturday morning when Mass will be said.
The vigil has been organised to coincide with the presentation of the weapons inspectors report on weapons of mass destruction in Saddham Hussein's country. It also marks the anniversary of Pope John Paul ll's day for peace and reconciliation which was declared in Assisi in 2001, Fr Dominic Howarth, assistant priest at Our Lady's organised the vigil together with the local Justice and Peace movement He said: "On Monday 27th, the UN weapons inspectors will report to the Security Council— a significant step in the overall process of what's happening in Iraq.
"It will also be the anniversary of the Pope's meeting with the world's religious leaders in Assisi, on January 24. These events are the focus of the vigil."
The parish hopes that between 50-100 people will attend. There will be continuous adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in she Blessed Sacrament chapel. Film and slide images taken from films such as The Mission and Gandhi will be shown in the church together with readings and prayers.
Fr Dominic said he was keen to resestablish the tradition of the all-night vigil especially for peace, "When I was younger it was commonplace. This is a way to re-establish the practice."