“Family of John Hume ask people to support a `Celebration of Light for Peace`” – Father Farren

04 Aug 2020

  • Remains of the late John Hume RIP to arrive at Saint Eugene`s Cathedral later this evening and not at the time previously advised

Father Paul Farren, Administrator of the Cathedral of Saint Eugene in Derry, yesterday met with the Hume family in preparation for Wednesday`s Funeral Mass for John Hume RIP. 

Father Farren said, “Pat and her family are very grateful for the outpouring of love and support following the death of their beloved John.  The family are anxious that a public gathering for John`s funeral might inadvertently put someone`s health at risk in the context of the current COVID19 pandemic, and are asking that people express their grief by staying at home and joining with the Hume family in a ‘Celebration of Light for Peace`.”

Father Farren continued, “Instead of lining roads and streets to show respect to John, it is the wish of the Hume family that we remain at home and, at 9.00pm, light a candle and join with the family to pray the Prayer for Peace of Saint Francis of Assisi in the presence of John`s body in the Cathedral.  This `Celebration of Light for Peace` is a fitting tribute to a much loved and distinguished Irishman.”


  • Prayer of Peace by Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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