At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in the year 1918 a great silence fell on the world. For 4 years a war had raged, and millions of men and boys had lost their lives on the front; the youngest being 14 years old. It was called “The War to end all wars”, but it wasn’t. Less than 30 years later another Great War started know known as World War II. And war continues to rage in parts of the world.
The sacrifices paid by the military in both the Great War and the Second World War were made in the name of freedom and peace, and yet humanity still bickers among itself. This weekend marks the Annual Weekend of Remembrance where we recall all those who have served in our Armed Forces and given their lives in battle. It’s a special time of prayer for them and a reminder to continue to broker for peace across the world. As Psalm 34 reminds us:
“… let peace be your quest and aim”
Requiem Masses will be offered throughout the Diocese this weekend for those who have given their lives. And special prayers will be offered for peace in the world.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
“For the fallen” by Laurence Binyon
Picture: 2019 remembrance display at Cardiff Cathedral – the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St. David.