MEMORIAL SERVICE At St Margaret's Church,
Westminster Abbey,London, SW1P 3JX
- 27 October 2005 at 6.00pm
Under the auspices of the Armenian Church of GB and St Margaret's Church, Westminster
Thursday 27 October, 2005 at 6:00 PM
This memorial service is for the whole of the Armenian Community.
You are all kindly invited to join us at this commemorative evening
Conducted by Bishop Nathan Hovhannisian, Primate of the Armenian Church and Canon Robert Wright, Rector of St Margaret Church, assisted by members of the Armenian Community and Church Council.
About St Margaret's Church: St Margaret's Church was built by the monks of Westminster to serve the needs of the local people. Westminster Abbey next door was reserved for special purposes, such as the coronations of Kings and Queens.
The first St Margaret's was built in 1150. The present one, consecrated in 1523, is the third church to stand on the site. It was only just saved from demolition by local residents when Lord Protector Somerset tried to knock it down so he could reuse the stone for his new Palace, Somerset House.Among the many well-known historic figures that worshipped there were Geoffrey Chaucer, Samuel Pepys and William Caxton. Caxton, the founder of British printing, is buried in the church. He set up a printing press near the Chapter House in Westminster Abbey. St Margaret's Church is known as the Parish Church of the House of Commons, a tradition started in 1614 when members of Parliament first came en masse to celebrate Holy Communion. The tradition has continued to this day and over the years the church has seen many notable events such as the wedding of Sir Winston Churchill.