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30.8.58 - 7.10.06
The BIDDING PRAYER
Canon David Meara delivered the Bidding:
She was called the voice of truth: and she did indeed speak truth to power, fearlessly and persistently. On 7th October 2006 that courage, commitment and persistence cost Anna Politkovskaya her life. Three years on we gather in this the journalists' church to honour her memory and to celebrate her life.
She was an acclaimed investigative journalist, a staunch defender and campaigner for human rights, for whom writing and journalism was more than a mere job of work: it was a moral obligation. But she was also a wife and mother, who loved her children Vera and Ilya and cared for her parents.
Her courage and self-discipline were underpinned by a strong faith which made her speak up for the value of the individual. She once said "My heroes are those people who want to be individuals but are being forced to be cogs again." By her brutal and untimely death she herself has become a hero for journalists across the world. It is right that we honour her today and commend her to the love and mercy of the God in whom she so devoutly trusted during her life on earth. May she rest in peace and may her memory be a blessing. AMEN.
Lord Judd, rapporteur to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Chechnya.
Christopher MacLehose, Anna's first publisher.
Sheila Dillon read 1 Corinthians 15, v.50-58.
Mariana Katzarova, founder of the Anna Politkovskaya Prize, read an extract from Anna's 'Courage in Journalism' Award Acceptance Speech in New York, 2002.
Elena Cook read 'A Sick Dog In A Big City' by Anna Politkovskaya.
Glen Sheldon, violinist, performed Rachmaninov's Vocalise and two of Prokofiev's Five Melodies.
St Bride's Choir performed the following Anthems:
Psalm 121 - Walford Davies
Bogoroditse Djevo - Arvo Pärt
'O Come And Worship' from Vespers - Rachmaninov
Russian Kontakion for the Departed - Traditional
Praise, My Soul, The King of Heaven
The Lord's My Shepherd