To Remember with Thanksgiving and Sorrow

As I have done for many years, I made sure to watch BBC’s Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance. For each year that I have watched it, a particular moment has stuck in my mind. For me, it is usually a specific piece of music and the people involved in it. This time, it was the prayer of the national chaplain to The Royal British Legion, Right Rev Nigel McCulloch:

We are here in the presence of God, to remember with thanksgiving and sorrow, those whose lives in world wars and conflicts past and present, have been given and taken away in the course of justice and freedom, to pray for all who in bereavement, disability and pain, continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror, and for the Royal British Legion in its ministry of care and support for them, and to commit ourselves, young and old, to work in penitence and faith for reconciliation between the nations of our troubled world, that under God people of every race and creed may be at peace.

O Lord, hear our prayer.

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