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Guy Fawkes Night
Tue, November 5, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Guy Fawkes, along with other conspiritors, attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London on 5 November 1605. His attempt was foiled and he was executed. Since then bonfires have been lit on 5 November to celebrate this deliverance of democracy from conspiracy, terrorism, and violence. The practice came to Manhattan in the 1660s along with special prayers and readings for the day in the new Book of Common Prayer of 1662.
At 6.15pm Evensong (to which those of all faiths or of none are welcome) is sung simply to plainsong using the special provisions of the Book of Common Prayer of 1662. It is then followed by the lighting of the fire in the courtyard and the Burning of the Guy (symbolizing the rejection of terrorism in all its forms).
Sausages (with kosher and vegetarian options) are cooked on the outdoor grill and served with condiments. Wine, beer, and soft drinks are served.
While sharing food and drinks in this convivial environment, students from NYU and other universities in the area, aware of the hunger some of their fellow students experience, especially toward the end of semester, are open to conversation as to how they, with the help of others, might be able to help. Ideas are welcome and conversation on the subject encouraged.
The event is free, but registration is necessary for catering purposes: