United Guilds’ Service
When: Fri 27 Mar 2020 10:45 – 15:00
Where: St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, UK (map)
The United Guilds’ Service will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 27th March. The Company have been allocated a limited number of tickets so please let the Clerk know as soon as possible if you would like to attend to avoid any disappointment.
The Company have also been invited to join members of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and other companies for an informal buffet lunch in Apothecaries’ Hall following the service. The cost is £65. I need to confirm the numbers attending the lunch with the Apothecaries’ Clerk no later than Wednesday 11th March, therefore replies earlier than this date would be appreciated. Please book through the website members only area to reserve your places (preferred) or let me know in the office if you would like to attend the service including whether you wish to stay for the lunch. The lunch is proving to be more and more popular so please do not delay in requesting your places.
Origins of the United Guilds’ Service
At a meeting of the Masters and Prime Wardens of the Twelve Great Companies, held at Goldsmiths’ Hall on 1 February 1943, it was decided to hold a service in St Paul’s Cathedral for the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City of London, the idea being to help lift the spirits of the City following the Blitz during the Second World War.
Having regard to the religious origins of the Companies, the service is held each year on Lady Day, being the first day of the year according to the Julian Calendar. Along with the Sheriffs and Court of Aldermen, The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of London, Sir Samuel Joseph, attended the first service at which the Rt Rev The Lord Bishop of London, Dr G F Fisher preached the sermon
As far as records show, this was the first occasion on which all the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City combined to hold a religious service. Since then, it has become an annual event and remains one of the few occasions in the calendar at which the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City can gather together as a whole.
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