Friday 11th November: Remembrance Day

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Remembrance-Day-2010-Slides

Scripture

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God!” (Matthew 5.9)

Reflection

Today is Remembrance Day. We remember the victims of war and all those who have died to help bring freedom and to help make the world a better place to live in. But today is also a stark reminder that our world is deeply broken and divided because of human violence.

For the Christian, Remembrance/Memorial Day also presents a unique opportunity for us to meditate on the way of peace. God calls us to look to Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace. Jesus chooses the way of non-violence. Jesus lays down his life and dies at the hand of God’s enemies in order to defeat evil. Only then does God raise Jesus from the dead in the victory over sin and death. In the person of Jesus we see the perfect example of humble obedience, sacrificial love, and life-giving peace.

So on this Remembrance Day let us seize the opportunity and prayerfully take to heart the radical message of the Prince of Peace and follow his way of reconciling love. Let us learn together the ways in which God is calling us to be peacemakers in his world!

Prayer

Lord God, our Heavenly Father, at this special time of remembrance we think about those of the past who gave their lives serving our Country in two World Wars. We also remember those who have lost their lives in other war torn areas of the World over the years.

We pray that people will show love and respect for one another and learn to live in peace.

We pray too that Your Kingdom may come here on earth, and through the Power of Your Holy Spirit our prayers will be granted in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.

Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.