- Published: Sunday, 10 November 2019 17:12
Remembrance Day, 2019
Beaulieu Abbey Church was filled this morning (Remembrance Sunday) by over two hundred worshippers, including around forty members of the 3rd New Forest East Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. In a manner similar to that of many Churches and communities throughout the nation, prayers, hymns, readings, the National Anthem and an address were shared in the Abbey Church itself. Then the congregation moved to the village War Memorial (in our case, located in the Churchyard), where the names of the fallen were read out, a two minute silence was kept, wreaths were laid and a short service of ‘re-dedication’ was shared.
The congregation included both serving and retired members of the Army and Navy, members of the Beaulieu Volunteer Fire Brigade, members of the Beavers, Cubs and Scout movements and the Beaulieu Abbey Church Choir (supplemented by Chorale). Click on this link, to see photos of the event, taken by Sophie and Jamie Burton (to whom many thanks)
During the service in the Abbey Church, the Choir sung an anthem, which used the following words by Peter Aston
So they gave their bodies to the Commonwealth
and received praise that will never die
and a home in the minds of men.
Their story lives on without visible symbol
woven into the stuff of other men's lives
During the ‘Act of Re-Dedication’, the following prayer was said:-
Merciful God, we offer to you the fears in us that have not been cast out by love:
may we accept the hope that you have placed in the hearts of all people,
and live lives of justice, courage and mercy:
through Jesus Christ our risen Redeemer.