Throughout the month of November, we engage in remembering.
The month begins with All Saints’ Day, when we remember those who have lived holy lives and now dwell in God’s presence, and we pray that we may join them.
On All Souls’ Day, we remember those whom we have known and loved, but are no longer with us, and pray that we and they may meet again in God’s kingdom.
On 5th November, we remember how religious persecution once thrived in our land, and thanking God for our freedom, pray that we will not see such division ever again.
Then on 11th November and Remembrance Sunday (this year the same day), we remember those who gave their lives in the service of their country and all victims of warfare. We ask that we may be part of building a more just and peaceful world.
Our remembering can be a cause of great sorrow, but Saint Paul calls us to remember too that God is with us:
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So we pray.
Eternal God, our maker and redeemer,
grant us, with all the faithful departed,
the sure benefits of your Son's saving passion
and glorious resurrection
that, in the last day,
when you gather up all things in Christ,
we may with them enjoy the fullness of your promises;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
Team Priest, Forest and Avon Team
Assistant Rural Dean, Alderbury Deanery
This prayer is from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), which is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000.
NOT FORGETTING THOSE DEPLOYED ON ACTIVE SERVICE
stretch forth your mighty arm
to strengthen and protect the armed forces:
grant that meeting danger with courage
and all occasions with discipline and loyalty,
they may truly serve the cause of justice and peace;
to the honour of your holy name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
From the Field Service Book of the British Army