The Rector’s Letter for Remembrance Sunday (2nd before Advent), 14th November 2021

Dear sisters and brothers,

As I write I can hear in the background workers putting up Christmas decorations on South Road. The world seems to be gearing up for the great spending spree which Christmas has become in our society, complete with mince pies in the shops in September…

But we have more important matters, for we are called to remember.

Some call November the month of the Holy Souls, beginning with the celebration of All Saints’ Day and commemorating the faithful departed on All Souls’ Day, culminating in the Feast of Christ the King which we will celebrate next week, when we can rejoice with all who are gathered around our enthroned king.

Within this Remembrance Sunday sits, quite naturally, our national act of remembrance for those who died in war to defend our freedom. It is important to remember, to remember the cost of war, to acknowledge victims of violence, and to seek forgiveness for the wrongs of the past.

But our act of remembrance does not end after Sunday, we are called to more than remembrance, we are asked to commit ourselves to seek a future of peace and concord.

It is within the nature of the Christian faith to seek peace and reconciliation within the world, as Jesus said during the Sermon on the Mount, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God’ (Matthew 5.9). It is a call on us all to make visible in the world the future that awaits us all, reconciled to one another, dwelling at peace in the light which has come into the world, the light which enlightens us all, the light which calls us home.

With all blessings,

Fr Edward