Annual Journalists' Commemoration Service

To commemorate and support the journalists, camera-crew, photographers and support staff whose mission it is to bring us the news #Journalist_Service


Feisal Omar, a photographer for the Reuters news agency, injured while covering a dangerous situation in Somali. Photo by kind permission of VOA.

Our ministry to journalists and to those working in every area of the media industry, remains one of the most important and distinctive aspects of our life at St Bride's.

Our Journalists' Altar, in the north-east chapel of St Bride's, serves as a constant vigil for those across the globe who have put themselves in grave danger so that we can be informed of events and regimes that could otherwise go unscrutinised.

That ministry is never more apparent than at our annual Journalists' Commemorative Service, which is attended by leading figures in the world of the press, television, radio, and digital media.

During the service we light candles for journalists, photographers, camera-crew, and support staff who have died or who have been killed on the front-line; we remember also those who are missing, imprisoned, or held hostage; and we also hold in prayer those who are out in the field, covering stories at great personal risk to themselves.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall will be the guest of honour at this year's service on Tuesday 21st November at 6:30pm. The service is entitled "In the Eye of the Storm" which serves to remind us that there are many journalists who are missing or held captive, and many more who continue to report at great risk.

An address will be given by Sam Kiley, Foreign Affairs Editor at Sky News and readings will be given by other senior figures from across the media industry. The service will be led by Canon Alison Joyce, Rector of St Bride's.

If you would like to attend the service, please email

As a lead up to the service we will be remembering a different person each day who has paid with their life to bring us the news on our Twitter @StBridesChurch & Facebook @StBridesChurch. Hashtag: #Journalist_Service.

Our inaugural service took place in 2010 in the presence of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall with an address by Marie Colvin, two years before she herself was killed reporting from Syria. Below is an archive of the Order of Service, transcripts of readings and addresses, and a full audio recording of each service (audio from 2012).

Archive of Previous Services

Truth At All Costs – November 12th 2010

Truth At All CostsAddress by: Marie Colvin, Foreign Correspondent, Sunday Times

View Order of Service & Transcripts

The Price Of Freedom – November 9th 2011

The Price Of FreedomAddress by: Mark Austin, Anchorman, ITN

View Order of Service & Transcripts

A Hard Calling – October 22nd 2012

A Hard CallingAddress by: Peter Preston, Columnist & former Editor, The Guardian

View Order of Service & Transcripts

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A Mission In Peril – November 12th 2013

A Mission In PerilAddress by: Lindsey Hilsum - International Editor, Channel 4 News

View Order of Service & Transcripts

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The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword – November 5th 2014

The Pen Is Mightier Than The SwordAddress by: Victoria Newton, Editor, The Sun on Sunday & The Most Revd & Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

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A Telling Witness – November 10th 2015

A Telling WitnessAddress by: Sarah Montague, Journalist and Broadcaster, BBC

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Lest We Forget – November 9th 2016

Lest We ForgetAddress by: Sarah Sands, Editor London, Evening Standard

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