Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

In the crowd, a woman holds a sign asking forgiveness for the crime of silence in the face of lawlessness. London. 18th July 2009. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

March of Repentance to Show Penitance for Silence. London. 18th July 2009.

By Published Last Edited 2009-07-18 00:00:00

A year after financial chaos spreads wildly throughout the economy and public and private institutions buckle under the weight of war, nepotism and corruption, people of faith gather in London to repent and show penitence for the transgression of remaining silent throughout.

They gather at Hyde Park and march through London all the while reciting and bearing witness to the cost of their own silence in the face of declining public and private standards before arriving at Trafalgar Square an hour later.

They listen to speakers describe the moral failings of the current government, attacks on people of the christian faith, immorality and violence in popular culture and the descent of the United Kingdom into lawlessness.

They then pray for forgiveness.

London. 18th July 2009.

A man holds a christian cross at the head of the march before the penitent move off.

A man holds a christian cross at the head of the march before the penitent move off.

A man reads from the bible as he and others march past Parliament. Many hold up their hands as they pass.

A man reads from the bible as he and others march past Parliament. Many hold up their hands as they pass.

The march heads past the commonwealth memorial in Whitehall.

The march heads past the commonwealth memorial in Whitehall.

A man with a loudhailer asks forgiveness for the government, itself now permanently under attack for the waging of immoral wars and corruption and nepotism in its public life.

A man with a loudhailer asks forgiveness for the government, itself now permanently under attack for the waging of immoral wars and corruption and nepotism in its public life.

A man holds his arms up in prayer as he asks for forgiveness.

A man holds his arms up in prayer as he asks for forgiveness.

A woman prays for forgiveness.

A woman prays for forgiveness.

Another man holds up a christian bible.

Another man holds up a christian bible.

The crowd hold up their hands shortly before praying for forgiveness.

The crowd hold up their hands shortly before praying for forgiveness.