News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th November 2020: Remembrance Sunday
As we enter the second phase of “lockdown” in the United Kingdom, we find ourselves in the unusual situation of NOT being able to publicly commemorate the sacrifice given by so many in the cause of justice and freedom in an Act of Remembrance.
The Royal British Legion (on their web-site) say:
Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and in light of the risks posed, the annual Remembrance Sunday March Past the Cenotaph will not take place this year. We recognise this will be deeply disappointing …
The Government led Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph will continue to go ahead as a closed ceremony.
Despite the changes this year, we are encouraging people across the nations to ensure Remembrance Sunday is still marked appropriately by taking part in remote and socially distanced Remembrance activity, whether that be watching the service on television or pausing for the Two Minute Silence in their home or on their doorsteps.
There will be an Act of Remembrance at the Parish Mass, starting a little later than usual at 10.55am, on Sunday 8th November and broadcast on Facebook and YouTube.
Many of the “older generation” liken these periods of lockdown to the sacrifices that were made during the Second World War with rationing, restricted movement and curfews! We hear about “the spirit of the blitz!” and “digging for victory!” It's not quite that bad – but it is still a fight against a virus that knows no limits. We must therefore do as much as we can to curtail the spread of the virus, to protect the vulnerable and to safeguard ourselves, our families and our friends and neighbours.
In many ways, we must be grateful for our freedom to worship (albeit online during these periods of lockdown). Unlike ACAT (Harrow)'s Prayer Case of the Month, Elder Qin Defu who was arrested in 2018 by the Chinese authorities for printing Christian hymnals, pamphlets and other publications. Let us not forget that those we remember this weekend died for our freedom: yet there are governments and countries around the world where this basic human right is still denied.
“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.” (Laurence Binyon)