Remembrance

remembrance-2016 Following the sung eucharist for the feast of All Souls two weeks earlier, St Lawrence's 'season of remembrance' ended with a moving series of services for Remembrance Sunday, with half-muffled bells, the laying of a wreath, a two minute silence, and the reading of the names of almost 200 men from the parish who were killed in the First or Second World Wars or the Falklands War. A substantial number of men from the parish died at the Somme, that dreadful battle the 100th anniversary of whose conclusion falls on Friday the 18th of this month. The Somme battlefield is depicted in stained glass in our church. The collect providentially assigned to the 9am Holy Communion service this Sunday this year could not be more apposite as we remember those God made who have been lost to this earth: ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.