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Quake vigil at last Christchurch church

Jul 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

CENTRAL Christchurch’s sole remaining church will host many ways of worship this weekend.

St Michaels and All Angels cathedral has been left the only fully operational church within the city centre after February’s earthquakes.

Interfaith’s youth movement has organised a series of candlelit vigils in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, for those affected by the quakes.

Each vigil will be held in a Christian church, reflecting Interfaith’s understanding that Cantabrian Christians sustained more damage in the earthquakes than any of the other local religious groups.

“There are a few mosques and synagogues in Christchurch, but most of those were left relatively intact,” says national co-ordinator Lachlan Mackay (left).

The vigils are intended to boost morale for Christchurch, and are open to any member of any faith or spiritual community.

“We’ve had enormous receptivity…It’s been fantastic,” Mr Mackay says.

Italian Sabrina Losciale, right, will represent Soka Gakkai, a Japanese form of Buddhism.

She has chosen a mantra adapted from the Lotus sutra to chant at Wellington’s vigil, where she, and other members of Interfaith, will lead the crowd.

All of the major religions will be acknowledged at the vigils in prayer or chant.

Miss Losciale says she will guide the chant of her mantra to provide protection for Christchurch.

Mr Mackay hopes the vigils will also remind Wellingtonians about the importance of preparing for earthquakes.

“I think nobody is more aware than myself that we’re going to cop it eventually.”

Wellington’s event will be held at St Andrew’s on the Terrace between 5 and 7.30pm.

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