St. Mary-the-Virgin, News for Sunday 10th November: Lest we forget.

Many of us will be wearing a poppy on our jackets at this time, in memory of those serviceman and civilians who gave their lives in the cause of justice and of peace. A friend recently remarked that he had detected a noticable reduction in the number of people wearing the poppy this year. Is this a sign of the times? As we get further and further away from memorable commemorations (despite this year being the 80th Anniversary of the outbreak of The Second World War) are we,as a nation, at risk of side-lining the tremendous sacrifice that so many made to ensure the freedom of not only our nation, but many nations around the world? In 1897, Rudyard Kipling wrote in his poem Recessional:

‘God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle line,
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!’

On Sunday, the Parish Mass will begin at 10.45am in the Memorial Garden as we commence our service prior to the Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at 11.00am. This will be subject to the weather (which looks as though it will be dry, but cold – so please dress warmly).

We are grateful to Margaret Davies for keeping us informed on a monthly basis, about  people who are suffering in prison for their political or religious beliefs. This month, ACAT Harrow informs us about Shagufta and Shafqat who are facing the deasth penalty in Pakistan. It is important that we keep them in our prayers – lest we forget! And each month we are reminded of the incredible injustice that still exists in some countries around the world; and we should give thanks for our freedom of speech and belief.

David Griffiths