Prayers for homeless who died on the streets

Patricia Thomas and the Sydney Street Choir at the memorial (The Catholic Weekly/Alphonsus Fok)

On the longest night of the year, Sydneysiders gathered to pray for all those who have died on the streets, often ignored and unknown by society. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

“The death of a person that goes unnoticed and unmourned diminishes all of us,” said grief counsellor Patricia Thomas at a memorial service for those who have died homeless in Sydney in the past 12 months.

More than 100 people gathered for the Homeless Memorial Service held in St Mary’s Cathedral Square on the June 21 winter solstice, the longest night of the year, in honour of those who died, often during the night, on the streets, in crisis shelters, and insecure housing.

The names of 20 of them were read out in a simple, moving and at times uplifting candlelit service hosted by the End Street Sleeping Collaboration - which includes the Archdiocese of Sydney, Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria and Grief Care - with music offered by the Sydney Street Choir and the Honeybees, an acapella community choir.

Sydney Bishop Terry Brady said it was a “special and sacred” night not only to honour those who have died but to commit to remembering that many are sleeping rough throughout the city and greater Sydney this winter.


Jesus on the streets (By Marilyn Rodrigues, The Catholic Weekly

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