Leicester Cathedral Marks Battle of Bosworth Anniversary

Posted by pt91 at Aug 27, 2013 11:45 AM |
Events on 22 August

Issued by Leicester Cathedral on 22 August 2013

Today, Leicester Cathedral marked the 528th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth with a memorial service and an afternoon of events in Cathedral precinct.

This was the first anniversary since the amazing discovery of King Richard III and, at a moving Choral Evensong, the Cathedral invited people to remember and pray for those who fought in the battle and in the many battles and wars since. Bishop of Leicester, The Rt Revd Tim Stevens, said 'King Richard's memorial in the cathedral is our focus for remembrance on August 22nd. Since his rediscovery, this dignified place allows us to remember, reflect upon and learn from our history. Here we pray for a world where brutal battles will all be just in the past'.

The service included a laying of a white rose on the Cathedral’s Richard III memorial ledger stone by local representatives of the Richard III Society, provided by Claire Jackson, winner of our Loveliest Leicestershire White Rose competition earlier in the year. A guest choir from St Barnabas Nottingham Roman Catholic Cathedral performed the modern anthem In Memoriam, Ricardi Regis and prayers were led by the Dean and the Prior of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Priory.

Earlier in the day the Cathedral Precinct, soon to be remodeled as Cathedral Gardens, played host to an afternoon of fun and activities for all. Hundreds of people from all across Leicester and Leicestershire came together to share in the joy of the discovery of the King in the car park, only yards away, after 500 years hidden in our historic city.  The afternoon included music, crafts, a puppet story teller and the chance to talk to experts in medieval history and scientists from the genetics department at Leicester University.

The day also provided the chance to demonstrate the close links between the Cathedral, the City and the University of Leicester as they continue to tell the story of the discovery of Richard III and prepare for the reinterment of the King. Dean of Leicester, The Very Revd David Monteith said ‘As the Judicial Review process continues we will be cooperating with all the parties and considering all the suggestions cited in the initial consideration by the Judge to ensure that King Richard will finally be laid to rest with dignity and in a timely manner.’

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