Christ Church Cathedral opens its heart for Christchurch, New Zealand

Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle, the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, will hold a vigil service at 7.30pm on Friday night to pray for those affected by the 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Friday night’s service will be a quiet and meditative time to hold the people of Christchurch in prayer.
“As well as causing death and injury the quake has caused extensive damage to properties and buildings, including the 130-year-old Christchurch Cathedral, whose spire collapsed. Parts of the cathedral’s roof also caved when the tremor struck,” said the Dean of Newcastle, The Very Reverend Dr James Rigney.

“As a city that has been through an earthquake and seen our cathedral damaged we’re especially conscious of what our brothers and sisters in Christchurch are experiencing,” he said.

The vigil will start at 7.30pm in Christ Church Cathedral, Church St, Newcastle on Friday 25 February 2011. All are welcome to attend and to support the vigil through prayer and presence.