News for Sunday 14th November 2021: Remembrance Sunday

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th November 2021: Remembrance Sunday

“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.”

This verse from Laurence Binyon's poem “For the Fallen” has become synonymous with the period of remembrance that commences today, Armistice Day, on the 11th day of the 11th month – and lasts until Sunday, when many of us will be taking part in an Act of Remembrance. Binyon's full poem was first published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914 and brings home not only the futility of war, but the selfless devotion that was given by those who fought for freedom and justice in the, all-too-many, wars and battles over the past 100 years.

The Good News in the Gospel according to Mark also captures some of that emotion as Jesus speaks to his disciples: “In those days, after the time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the starts will come falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory; then too he will send the angels to gather his chosen from the four winds, from the ends of the world to the ends of heaven.”

There is no doubt that conflict induces distress in all those who are affected: not only those at the battle-front, but the family and friends who remain at home, praying for a peaceful resolution and the safe return of their loved ones. Regretably, too many never came home; and many who did were scarred by the the trauma, or injured in conflict. The following verse which is attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds is also popular at Remembrance: “When you go home, tell them of us and say: For your tomorrow, we gave our today.”

It is so important that we continue to give thanks and remember the sacrifice given by so many; as Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, sacrificed himself on the cross for the salvation of us all.

The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 13th November at 6.00pm. The Parish Mass is on Sunday 14th November and starts at the later time of 10.55am, when we shall gather by the War Memorial in the Memorial Garden to observe the 2 minutes' silence at 11.00am. Mass will continue in church immediately afterwards.

Don't forget the ACAT Service of Prayer and Meditation at St Alban's, North Harrow at 3.00pm on Sunday 14th November, “The Power of Love to Heal”.

David Griffiths