Evensong at the Westminster Abbey on the occasion of Sri Lanka’s Independence Day

On the occasion of the 74th Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence, an Evensong was held at the Westminster Abbey on 10 February 2022.

The service was attended by High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena, Diplomatic officers, staff of the High Commission, Regional Head of Europe & Americas of the SriLankan Airlines, President of the Sri Lanka-UK Chamber of Commerce and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Ceylon (UK) Ltd.  During the service, the prayers were offered to Sri Lanka, its leaders and people. Archdeacon and Canon Steward, the Venerable Tricia Hillas read the first lesson and the second lesson was read by High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena.

In honour of the Evensong, Sri Lanka’s national flag was aloft the Westminster Abbey.


The Westminster Abbey is one of the United Kingdom’s most notable religious buildings and has been the coronation church since 1066, and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs and some of the most significant people in Britain’s history including statesmen, poets, scientists, warriors and musicians. It was founded by Benedictine monks in 960AD. To this day, the Abbey retains a tradition of Christian worship and welcome.



High Commission of Sri Lanka

11 February 2022