Vietnamese prospective seminarian, Peter Ho, helped to lead the prayers at The Sacred Heart and St Oswald’s Church in Peterborough on October 31.
After the Vigil of All Saints, parishioners gathered together in the church to pray especially for the repose of the souls of the 39 Vietnamese people who died in the container in Essex while making their way to the UK.
Parish priest, Fr Arockiya Seelan, began the Holy Hour and Eucharistic Adoration by asking the congregation to entrust the souls of the victims to The Lord and to All Saints and to pray for their families.
Then he sent his deepest sympathy and condolences to Peter Ho who is also Vietnamese and is doing pastoral placement in the parish. He reminded the congregation that there are also two Vietnamese priests working in the Diocese of East Anglia – Canon John Minh and Fr Paul Chanh.
The Holy Hour was also joined by a group of young people from the parish of Saint Peter and All Souls. They brought their instruments and sang the worship songs. During the adoration, the congregation lit 39 candles in front of the altar to represent the number of the victims. Then Peter Ho led the congregation in prayers and read out the names of the victims in Vietnamese.
Fr Seelan ended the Adoration by giving the blessings of the Blessed Sacrament and thanked people for joining in.
Pictured above are Fr Seelan in front of the Blessed Sacrament and Peter Ho leading the prayers.