United Church College of Military Chaplains

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Remembrance Week


A prayer of commitment

All                       Lord God, Father of all,

                          we pledge ourselves

to serve you and this neighbourhood,

to bring relief to all who are in need,

and comfort to the sad, lonely, and distressed;

Keep us ever mindful of the struggles

and achievements of former generations,

and of this place where we make our home,

now, and in the days to come. Amen.

Strengthen our hearts, and hands, and minds, O Lord,

to work together for peace;

to see you in one another;

and to seek your kingdom above all things;

that your will may be seen to be done

and your kingdom come,

through Jesus Christ,

the Lord of lords and King of kings. Amen.


A prayer of approach

We have gathered around this memorial today to remember all those from this community who were caught up in the courageous but tragic events of the First World War. We remember those who were killed in action, or by disease, the bereaved, the lost, the families which were shattered, the wounded, maimed and injured, those who held in silence unspeakable memories of warfare.

As we remember those who fought and those who remained anxiously at home in this community, let us pray that God will heal all memories, speak a word of peace, and bring us healing.

                          Lord, have mercy.

All                       Lord, have mercy.

                          Christ, have mercy.

All                       Christ, have mercy.

                          Lord, have mercy.

All                       Lord, have mercy.

May the God of all healing and forgiveness
draw us to himself
and cleanse us from our sins,
that we may behold the glory of his Son,
the Word made flesh,
Jesus Christ our Lord
.  Amen.

(From An Outline for a service around a First World War memorial, Church of England World War I Liturgy page)

Other prayer resources






These resources are prepared for use in churches for Remembrance Sunday, 9 November, 2014 or at other occasions during Remembrance Week.

Praying hands

Bishop David Hamid, Diocese of the Church of England in Europe (David was a parish priest in Niagara some years ago).

His site, Eurobishop, has a number of excellent prayers, hymn suggestions and litanies compiled by Meurig Williams. A select list of non-biblical readings from a wide variety of sources is included.


Prayers for Peace

The Mennonite Central Committee has produced a peace-oriented bulletin flyer, downloadable from their site.

A Liturgy of Penitence

“I was struggling with praying for the beginning of a war,” said the Rev. Gina Campbell, the Washington National Cathedral’s canon precentor and the author of the liturgy created especially for the anniversary of the beginning of World War I. “I was trying to put my mind around how one prays for the beginning of a war. I thought it would need to be profoundly penitential, that the way one would approach the disaster that is World War I would have to be in deep penitence.”