On Sunday 10th January, 2016 congregations from Southwark Cathedral and St Magnus the Martyr walked from their respective places of worship and met in the middle of London Bridge where their parishes meet.
(Clergy from Southwark)
(Clergy from St Magnus the Martyr.)
There they held a ceremony where prayers were said for those who live and work on the Thames and those who have died on the river, especially those lost on the Marchioness and those who ended their own lives in the Thames.
At the end of the service The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, cast a wooden cross into the Thames.
The ceremony on London Bridge is of recent origin and has only been carried out since 2005.
However it follows the custom of touching a cross into water as a symbol of Christ’s baptism which is celebrated on the Sunday after Epiphany.