SALISBURY Cathedral is holding a meditation – a short service of readings, hymns and prayers – entitled Listen Sweet Dove: Meditation on Les Colombes on Sunday 15th July, from 3.30 to 4pm.
Originally part of the Cathedral’s New Dawn events programme to mark the end of the First World War, Les Colombes’ message of peace, hope and new beginnings is even more poignant as Salisbury and its communities face the aftermath of the nerve agent attack in the city in March, including the tragic death of Dawn Sturgess on Sunday 8th July and the critical condition of Charlie Rowley.
Speaking about the service, the Acting Dean, Canon Edward Probert said: “Although this meditation was planned a long time ago, in the light of recent events it seems all the more important to find time to pause and take stock.
“Along with those who died so tragically in World War I, on Sunday we will also remember Dawn and her family, and pray for Charlie and the Skripals. The attack has had a devastating effect on all their lives and has impacted our whole community. In the quietness of this meditation I hope we will to find strength and resolve.”
Wherever Les Colombes has been exhibited, the artist Michael Pendry has encouraged community groups and individuals to fold their own doves, which he includes in the current and future installations. Pendry’s doves have also been adopted by shops, businesses, schools and individuals, who have joined in making and displaying them in their windows as a simple but powerful symbol of the city’s resilience and the hope of renewal.
Photographs by Ash Mills.