On Saturday 11 September 2021, as the world marks the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Canterbury Cathedral – Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury – will commemorate the tragedy with prayers, services, an Act of Remembrance, and the tolling of Bell Harry at the moment the first plane struck the World Trade Center.
The Cathedral will mark the anniversary on the day with the following events, which all are welcome to attend:
- Prayers will be said in the Cathedral during Morning Prayer (07.30), Holy Communion (08.00), and Choral Evensong (17.30). The Dean of Canterbury’s on-line worship video – watched by over 10K viewers daily – will also mark the anniversary.
- A Book of Remembrance will be available in the Cathedral’s Crypt (Our Lady Undercroft) for people to leave their messages. These remembrances will be collected at the end of the day and placed on the Cathedral’s high altar.
- At 13.40 BST, the Dean of Canterbury, The Very Revd Dr Robert Willis, will lead a short Act of Remembrance with prayers and silence from the Pulpit in the Cathedral Nave. During this time, the Bell of HMS Canterbury will be struck to signify the start of the silence, and the Dean will end the silence with prayers.
- At 13.46 BST, Bell Harry will start to toll for 10 minutes, marking the moment that the first plane struck the World Trade Center (08.46 US time).