Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Royal Presence at Mission to Seafarers Christmas Service in London

Container Port Group Sponsors Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Reception
Shipping News Feature

UK - The Mission to Seafarers has announced that its annual Christmas service and reception, entitled the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, will be held at its international headquarters, St Michael Paternoster Royal, College Hill, in the City of London on 11th December at 5.30pm with a subsequent reception sponsored by container port development and operations group DP World.

Guest readers will be led by Mission to Seafarers esteemed President, HRH The Princess Royal. Other readers include: Lord West, who fought in both the Falklands and Iraq Wars during his naval career; Dr Lucy Blue, an underwater archaeologist and presenter on BBC’s Oceans series and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence, retired naval officer and husband of HRH.

The Mission was founded in 1856, and entirely funded by voluntary donations and today offers emergency assistance, practical support, and a friendly welcome to crews visiting 250 ports around the world no matter their faith, nationality or rank. Whether caring for victims of piracy or providing a lifeline to those stranded in foreign ports, mission representatives continue to be there for the globe’s 1.3 million merchant seafarers.

If you would like to support The Mission to Seafarers, the world’s largest professional provider of port-based welfare services you will be welcome at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and the subsequent mulled wine and mince pie reception at Skinners’ Hall. Tickets cost £27.50 each and you can request them by calling Katherine on 020 7246 2939, or email: Katherine.Wylie@missiontoseafarers.org

To find out how the Mission to Seafarers assists those facing shipwreck, abandonment, loneliness and danger, visit the website.

Photo: A painting from 1943 attributed to Ian Strang of St Michael Paternoster Royal when it was damaged during the Blitz. After restoration it became HQ for the Mission to Seafarers in 1968.