Fr John preached at Mass on Remembrance Sunday. He reminded us that remembrance is not just about recalling facts. Remembrance is at the heart of our Christian faith as we remember, and in doing so bring into the present, the saving work of Our Lord Jesus Christ. At the heart of Mass is an act of remembrance as together we recall, and celebrate, our Christian story. The story which forms us.

Similarly on Rememberance Sunday we not only recall what happened in war, we also remember in order to build a peaceful future.

Fr John spoke of the baby memorial services he had taken part in when he was a hospital chaplain, and how memory was so important to parents. He concluded his address with these words used at these memorial services:


When we are weary and in need of strength,

When we are lost and sick at heart,

We remember them.

When we have a joy we crave to share

When we have decisions that are difficult to make

When we have achievements that are based on theirs

We remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter

At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring,

We remember them.

At the rustling of the leaves

and in the beauty of autumn,

We remember them.

At the rising of the sun and at its setting,

We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live

For they are now a part of us,

As we remember them.

Adapted from the Yizkor Service, Jewish Funeral Service Prayer Book

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