Remembrance Sunday Homily and Liturgy

Remembrance Sunday Homily 2011

This sermon can also be found on the S. Thomas Parish website in the Sermons section here

This Remembrance Sunday found the Church packed, with both adults and a specially good turnout from the Unformed Organisations. Colours were presented and the Mass with Act of Remembrance was powerful.

The Response, using the video below

was very powerful, and resulted in a lovely cross and poppies. I think more than 100 people were in Church this morning. Deo Gratias!

Liturgy: Act of Remembrance with Holy Communion (Altar Copy)


Colours are presented

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;

to his feet thy tribute bring;

ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven

who like thee his praise should sing?

Praise him! Praise him!

Praise the everlasting King!

Praise him for his grace and favour

to our fathers in distress;

praise him still the same for ever,

slow to chide, and swift to bless:

Praise him! Praise him!

Glorious in his faithfulness!

Father-like he tends and spares us;

well our feeble frame he knows;

in his hands he gently bears us,

rescues us from all our foes:

Praise him! Praise him!

Widely as his mercy flows!

Frail as summer’s flower we flourish,

blows the wind and it is gone;

but while mortals rise and perish

God endures unchanging on.

Praise him! Praise him!

Praise the high eternal One!

Angels, help us to adore him,

ye behold him face to face;

sun and moon, bow down before him,

dwellers all in time and space:

Praise him! Praise him!

Praise with us the God of grace!

Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847)


In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit


The Lord be with you

and also with you


Give them eternal rest, O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon them for ever (Ezra 2:34-35)

My dear friends in Christ

We meet together in the presence of God.

Offering this holy sacrifice of the Mass and an act of Rememberence

For all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

As a part of that we commit ourselves to work in penitence and faith
for reconciliation between the nations,

that all people may, together,
live in freedom, justice and peace.

We pray for all who in bereavement, disability and pain
continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror.

We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives,
in world wars and conflicts past and present, have been given and taken away.


Penitential Rite

So my dear friends, Let us confess to God the sins and shortcomings of the world;

its pride, its selfishness, its greed; its evil divisions and hatreds.

Let us confess our share in what is wrong, and our failure to seek and establish that peace

which God wills for his children


Lord have Mercy                Lord have Mercy

Christ have Mercy               Christ have Mercy

Lord have Mercy                Lord have Mercy


Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you, + pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord.




Glory be to God in heaven,

songs of joy and peace we bring,

thankful hearts and voices raising,

to creation’s Lord we sing.

Lord, we thank you,

Lord, we bless you,

glory be to God our King,

glory be to God our King

Lamb of God, who on your shoulders

bore the load of this world’s sin,

only Son of God the Father,

you have brought us peace within.

Lord, have mercy,

Christ have mercy,

now your glorious reign begin,

now your glorious reign begin.


Tune: Cwm Rhonnda


Merciful Father,

hear our prayers and console us.

As we renew our faith in your Son,

whom you raised from the dead,

strengthen our hope that all our departed brothers and sisters

will share in his resurrection,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


The Word of God


A reader says:

Hear these words from the New Testament

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.

I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
John 14:27

The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.
James 3:17-18

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.
1 John 1:5

These are the words of the Lord

Thanks be to God



Halle Halle


A reading from the Gospel of Matthew:                                   (Matthew 5:1-12)

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he sat down his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you

and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven,

for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God



I believe in God Almighty,

he who made both heaven and earth.

I believe he is our Father,

and through him we have our birth.

I believe and trust in Jesus,

God the Father’s only Son.

I believe he came to save us

for he loves us, every one.

And I love his Mother Mary,

for through her my Lord was born;

born to suffer death and sorrow,

born to rise on Easter morn.

I believe he lives for ever,

death for him was not the end.

He returned to God his Father

that his Spirit he might send.

I believe his Holy Spirit

lives within our Church today.

And he gives his truth and guidance

so that we will know the way.

I believe, when life is over,

Christ will take us home with him,

and in joy we’ll live for ever,

evermore in peace Amen.

Tune: Hyfrydol


The Congregation are invited to come forward to offer symbols of remembrance and hope, such as single poppies or crosses at the foot of the altar as a reflective video is played



Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and ask that God may give us peace:

for the service men and women who have died in the violence of war, each one remembered by and known to God; May God give peace
God give peace

for those who love them in death as in life, offering the distress of our grief and the sadness of our loss; May God give peace
God give peace

for all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day, remembering family, friends and all who pray for their safe return;

May God give peace
God give peace

for civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror, calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatreds of humanity; May God give peace
God give peace

for peace-makers and peace-keepers, who seek to keep this world secure and free; May God give peace
God give peace

for all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, military and religious; asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve in the search for reconciliation and peace. May God give peace
God give peace

O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory
we cherish, and those whose names we will never know.

+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord

and let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace

and rise in glory
Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world, and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm. As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever. Amen.




Christ is our peace, he has reconciled us to God in one body by the Cross.

We meet in his name and we share his peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

And also with you

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.




Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided,

urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,

sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided,

Lord of the years, we bring our thanks today.

Lord, for that word, the word of life which fires us,

speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze,

teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us,

Lord of the word, receive your people’s praise.

Lord, for our land, in this our generation,

spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care;

for young and old, for commonwealth and nation,

Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.

Lord, for our world; when we disown and doubt him,

loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain;

hungry and helpless, lost indeed without him,

Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.

Lord, for ourselves; in living power remake us,

self on the cross and Christ upon the throne;

past put behind us, for the future take us,

Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.

Timothy Dudley-Smith (b.1926)

 Prayer over the Gifts


Pray, my dear friends that this our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the Almighty Father

          May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all the Church



we are united in this sacrament

by the love of Jesus Christ.

Accept these gifts

and receive our brothers and sisters who have died in the service of this nation

into the glory of your Son,

who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.



Eucharist (Thanksgiving Prayer)

The Lord be with you

And also with you

Lift up your hearts

We lift them to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

It is right to give thanks and praise

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,

we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

In him the world is saved,

mankind is reborn,

and the dead rise again to life.

Through Christ the angels of heaven

offer their prayer of adoration

as they rejoice in your presence for ever.

May our voices be one with theirs

in their triumphant hymn of praise:

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord, God of Power and God of Might,

Heaven and Earth, Heaven and Earth are full of your glory, your power and might

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest heavens

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest heavens


Blesséd, Blesséd is he who comes, who comes in the name of the Lord

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest heavens

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
          Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith…

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,         we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of

Our Blesséd Lady, St. Thomas the Apostle, our Patron, and all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord;

by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever.



Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil


Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,

and grant us peace in our day.

In your mercy keep us free from sin

and protect us from all anxiety

as we wait in joyful hope

for the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory
for ever and ever. Amen


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ

Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in the one bread

Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Grant us Peace

Come not because you are strong,

but because you are weak.

Come not because any goodness of your own

but because you need mercy and help.

Come because you love the Lord a little

and would like to love him more.

Come because he loves you

and gave his life for you.

This is the lamb of God

who takes away the sin of the world.

Blesséd are those who are called to his supper

Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.


Communion Antiphon


I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord. If anyone believes in me, even though he dies, he will live. Anyone who lives and believes in me, will not die. (John 11:25-26)




Post Communion


Lord God,

may the death and resurrection of Christ

which we celebrate in this eucharist

bring the departed faithful to the peace of your eternal home.

We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.



Flags are gathered and take the central space.

The Kohima Epitaph

When you go home
tell them of us and say,
for your tomorrow
we gave our today.

Act of Commitment

Let us commit ourselves to responsible living and faithful service.

Will you strive for all that makes for peace?
We will

Will you seek to heal the wounds of war?
We will

Will you work for a just future for all humanity?
We will

Merciful God, we offer to you the fears in us

that have not yet been cast out by love:
May we accept the hope you have placed
in the hearts of all people,
And live lives of justice, courage and mercy;
through Jesus Christ our risen Redeemer.



Wreaths are laid at the Memorial, and flags are lowered

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.

We will remember them.


Two Minute Silence


The Last Post and the Reveille are sounded

Video: two minute silence.

Ever-living God
we remember those whom you have gathered
from the storm of war into the peace of your presence;
may that same peace calm our fears,
bring justice to all peoples
and establish harmony among the nations,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The National Anthem


      God save our gracious Queen,

long live our noble Queen,

God save the Queen!

Send her victorious,

happy and glorious,

long to reign over us:

God save the Queen!

One realm of races four,

blest more and ever more,

God save our land!

Home of the brave and free,

set in the silver sea,

true nurse of chivalry,

God save our land!

Of many a race and birth

from utmost ends of earth,

God save us all!

Bid strife and hatred cease,

bid hope and joy increase,

spread universal peace,

God save us all!

Official Peace Version (1919)

Blessing and Dismissal

God grant to the living grace, to the departed rest,
to the Church, the Queen, the Commonwealth and all people,
unity, peace and concord,
and to us and all God’s servants, life everlasting.
and the blessing of God Almighty,
+Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you all
and remain with you always.

The Mass is ended. Go in the peace of Christ

Thanks be to God

A hymn is sung as the Colour Party, Clergy and Choir Depart


Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son;
endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave clothes where thy body lay.

Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, thou o’er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the Church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing;
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting. Refrain

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;
life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love:
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above. Refrain

Edmond L Budry (1854-1932) tr. Richard B Hoyle (1875-1939)