The annual service, organised by homelessness charities, took place in London where the names of 151 homeless and formerly homeless people who have died over the last year were read out.
Members of The Connection at St Martin’s creative writing group did readings, and Streetwise Opera and the Choir with no Name performed music at the service on Thursday last week.
The theme of this year’s service at St Martin-in-the-Fields church was called ‘Welcoming Angels Unaware’.
Rev Richard Carter of St Martin in the Fields, who lead the service, said:
[This] is one of the most moving and important services that takes place at St Martin’s each year. The list of those who have died is frighteningly long.
The title of the service this year leads us to think about where and in whom we find the angels of God and the welcome that we provide, or fail to provide, for visitors, strangers, refugees, and neighbours.
The service is organised by homelessness charities The Connection and Housing Justice and St Martin-in-the-Fields. It is attended by homeless people, staff, volunteers, homeless agencies and churches to remember those who have been homeless.
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