77 candles shaped like a heart were lit in memory of the victims of the July 22 massacre, during the memorial service at the Oslo Cathedral on Friday.
– Today, 77 candles are lit in our church. Each candle is a loss and a prayer for a name. Five years after the attacks, we once more commemorate all those killed and pray for the injured and their families. A sister or brother, a daughter or son, mother or father or friend. The candles are a testimony that they are not forgotten, said Bishop Ole Christian Kvarme when he opened his.
The cathedral was packed, with the people in attendance including Prime Minister Erna Solberg, AUF leader Mani Hussaini, the Crown Prince couple and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
The memorial service was opened by actor Jan Gunnar Røise, who read Jon Fosse’s poem “Lysande andlet.”The church room was decorated with flowers and by the altar there were candles shaped like a shining heart.
– Five years after 22 July , our world is constantly being hit by violent terrorist acts, like the brutal act which took place in Nice last week. We meet here in Oslo Cathedral in awareness of the darkness that came over our country in 2011. The killing of civilians in Turkey also make us think of AUF-ers who wanted to promote justice, democracy and peace in a diverse community.
The lights from their face awaken us from indifference in the face of all evil and the forces of evil and renew our commitment to the good and to unity, Kvarme said during his speech.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today