This moving hymn was sung at the end of Mass on Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018
Remembrance - a hymn for Remembrance Sunday
Words – Charles Henrywood
May be sung to the music – Finlandia by Jean Sibelius
Grant peace, O Lord, across our strife-torn world,
Where war divides and greed and dogma drive.
Help us to learn the lessons from the past,
That all are human and all pay the price.
All life is dear and should be treated so;
Joined, not divided, is the way to go.
Protect, dear Lord, all who, on our behalf,
Now take the steps that place them in harm's way.
May they find courage for each task they face
By knowing they are in our thoughts always.
Then, duty done and missions at an end,
Return them safe to family and friends.
Grant rest, O Lord, to those no longer with us;
Who died protecting us and this their land.
Bring healing, Lord, to those who, through their service,
Bear conflict’s scars on body or in mind.
With those who mourn support and comfort share.
Give strength to those who for hurt loved-ones care.
And some there be who no memorial have;
Who perished are as though they’d never been.
For our tomorrows their today they gave,
And simply asked that in our hearts they'd live.
We heed their call and pledge ourselves again,
At dusk and dawn - we will remember them!
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
We will remember them
Parishioners were invited to write the names of those dear to them who had perished in conflict. These slips were brought up to the altar and the names read out with the Bidding Prayers. They will remain at the altar for the duration of this week. It can be seen from the examples below how young some of the victims were.