A special public Christian Service of Commemoration for those who lost their lives in Orlando will be held in Sydney’s St Andrew’s Cathedral on Wednesday 15th June, at 6 pm.

Premier Mike Baird will attend the service, along with the Governor, General David Hurley, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the US Consul-General, Hugo Llorens.

“This service is an opportunity for people to gather together to express sympathy and compassion for those who have been affected by the terrible events in Orlando.” said the Dean of Sydney, the Very Rev. Kanishka Raffel.

“It is a time to acknowledge our common humanity, to pray that all people will be able to live in peace and safety, to affirm the dignity of all people as made in God's image, and to reject utterly violence against people because of their sexuality.” Dean Raffel said.

The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, will preach at the service, with Bible readings to be given by the Premier and the Governor.

At least 49 people were killed and 53 wounded in a massacre early on Sunday by a gunman who targeted a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

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