Sunday, 13 November 2011
Remembering all our dead
Beginning with our shortened version of the Eucharist. Not quite as much singing as usual, followed by the procession through the cobbled streets of the old town, to the market square for the Remembrance Service. A lot of singing, fortunately for once, in brilliant sunshine.
Aylesbury has a huge turnout for this service with all the armed forces heavily represented, the British Legion,
Salvation Army, Boys Brigade and just about every other service, uniformed and otherwise, The local MPs Town Councillors and past councillors are all there to swell the crowds.
The service itself is led by our (that is, St. Mary's) rector and other clergy all have their part to play.
By the time we stumble back over the cobbles, everyone tends to be tired and in need of sustenance.
This year, the Rector had kindly arranged for us to be fed and watered, greatly appreciated and giving us the opportunity of resting in comfort before this afternoon's Service of Light.
While I.like many others of my age lost relatives in the 2nd World War, the afternoon service gives us the chance to remember all those others who have touched our lives, significantly or fleetingly, and who are no longer with us.
I found the prayers interspersed with beautiful chants wonderful and very moving, with the lighting of individual candles open to all.
This is remembering in a very special way and for me the mix is just right,
A lovely, sometimes very sad, but spiritually uplifting way to honour all our dead.