Our Chaplaincy Team today led us in our Remembrance Liturgy.
It began with a poignant video: ‘Remembrance Child’.
Noah welcomed everyone and led us in the Sign of the Cross
Hanna then read the opening prayer which she had written:
Look after those who gave their lives for our freedom. We pray for their generosity and bravery. We lift them up to you hoping you will take care of them and do it gladly. Help us to remember those who have died and remember they are always with us.
Abbie read this piece of scripture which she had chosen to fit in with our theme of remembering those who gave their life for us.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John
Glory to you O Lord
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love you can have for your friends is to give your life for them. And you are my friends if you do what I command you.”
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Joshua then explained what this piece of scripture meant to him:
This means that we should show kindness and love in our words, our actions and our hearts to everyone, no matter if they are a friend or not. If everyone does this, there will never be more wars so people will not have to die or lose their friends or family.
Maria and Tadiwa led us in our whole school response of a two minute silence as ‘The Last Post’ played:
Joshua and Hanna then explained the mission that the Chaplaincy Team had chosen:
Your mission is to go home and talk to your family about either someone who died during a war or someone who has died recently. Bring to your teacher a short note with their name and why you would like us to pray for them. In your next class liturgy, those names and notes will be read out so that the whole class can remember them in prayer.
Abbie led us in our closing prayer which she chose:
God, give us peace.
Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world, and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm. As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever.
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Our liturgy ended by watching ‘In Flanders Fields’.