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Solemn Vigil at Exeter Cathedral

4 August 2014 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Solemn vigil to mark the exact moment that Britain declared war on Germany in 1914 will be held at Exeter Cathedral.

The vigil will start at 10pm on 4 August, and at 11pm all the lights of the Cathedral – inside and outside – will be turned off, marking the outbreak of war that ushered in one of the darkest periods in history.

One single candle will be left burning on the nave altar of the Cathedral, symbolizing the light in the darkness that Jesus Christ brings.

The service is inspired by British statesman Sir Edward Grey’s famous remark at the eve of war that “the lamps are going out all over Europe”.

Similar services are being held across the UK as part of `Lights Out’ campaign which encourages local people and businesses to turn their lights out from 10pm to 11pm on Monday 4 August, leaving a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection.

A special service, attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, is also being held on Sunday 3 August at 4pm to mark World War One.


4 August 2014
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Cathedral Admissions Desk
01392 285983


Exeter Cathedral
1 The Cloisters
Exeter, EX1 1HS
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