November Remembrance Services
Staff and students take time out of the College day every year, in November, to remember and pray for those who have died. November is a special month in the Christian calendar to remember those who have gone before us. All Saints day remembers the lives of people who have set us a good example (1 November). All Souls is a day to remember everyone who has passed away (2 November). Remembrance Day (11 November) is used to recall the sacrifice people have made with their lives in war. It has been said that the respect we show for our dead is a measure of our humanity and our honourable purpose in life.
In our College Remembrance Services we pray for all those who have died asking that they may rest in peace. We pray for those known to us who have passed away, including any relatives or friends, and we pray for who have lost their lives through war, natural disaster, or through having to live a life in poverty. We pray especially for peace and we commit ourselves to work for a better and more just world. During the service we take fallen leaves to the Altar and make our personal prayer for someone dear to us or say a general prayer. We spend a silent minute standing together in memory, and then we say the following prayers:
For those lost in war:
They shall not grow old, as we who 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 shall remember them.
And for all the departed:
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. + May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
This service is always marked by reverence and respect touches all our hearts every year.