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We will remember them

This Sunday, November 11, is Remembrance Sunday.  This year it is particularly poignant as we mark the centenary of the Armistice which brought the terrible First World War to its conclusion.  Come and join us on Sunday.  We will honour the sacrifices of so many who have fought for our freedom, we will pray for those who gave their lives in war, we will pray for the gift of the peace which the world cannot give, and we will commit ourselves to working together to build a better world founded on Christian peace and justice. 
Remembrance Sunday will begin with a piper playing When the Battle's O'er at 6am in Queen's Square.  This was the time when the Armistice was actually signed in 1918; it came into effect at 11am.  When the Battle's O'er is a traditional air played by pipers after a battle.  At the same time, a lone piper will be playing in front of the grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.
At St Mary's, the day starts with the great Service of Remembrance which Jesus gave to his friends, a living way of remembering his death and resurrection: the Holy Eucharist.  The Eucharist will be said at 8am as normal.  The Parish Eucharist will begin promptly half an hour earlier than usual, at 9.30am.  There'll be provision for children during the service, a brief address, and the choir will sing.  Coffee will be served afterwards.

We encourage all our communicants to come at either 8am or 9.30am to receive the Holy Sacrament together on this day of national remembrance, dedication and thanksgiving.
At 10.50am we gather at the War Memorial by Queen's Square for the Act of Remembrance, which includes the Two Minutes' Silence.  The procession then goes to the church for the Remembrance Service.  There will be a retiring collection for the Royal British Legion.
In the evening, there'll be an Armistice Vigil Service - a quieter, reflective service of readings, psalms, hymns and organ music, starting at 6pm and lasting about 45 minutes. 

Afterwards, the Last Post will be played in Queen's Square at 6.55pm, and a centenary beacon will be lit at 7pm, symbolising the light of hope which emerged from the darkness of war.  Shortly afterwards, at 7.05pm, the bells of St Mary's will ring out, joining 1000 other towers around the country.  The bells of Besthorpe Church will be rung at 7.30pm.  The stirring sound of church and cathedral bells up and down the land will provide a fitting conclusion to this day of contemplation, commemoration and celebration.

LEST WE FORGET
We have hung 562 origami Doves of Peace in our Parish Church: 104 red doves represent the Attleborough men who died in the Great War, 458 white doves represent the Attleborough men who served and returned.  All the doves have been made by members and friends of St Mary’s.

Come in to see this powerful and moving display.  The church is open every day from at least 9am to 5pm.

As you look at them, give thanks for the sacrifice of so many, and pray for the gift of peace in our world today.

You can light a candle near the altar under the tower at the far end of the church, and there are commemorative prayer cards to take away.
This week are three There But Not There 'Tommies' in the nave of St Mary's, kindly sponsored by parishioners.  They speak to us of those who never came back to their places in their homes, churches and families.  The funds raised from this national art project will go to help heal those suffering from the hidden wounds of war.  Click here to find out more.
Click here to download the parish diary for November

Worship with us


Every Sunday: 8am Holy Communion 10am The Parish Eucharist (with children's activities; followed by coffee6.30pm Evening Prayer

Every Thursday: 10am Holy Communion

Every day: 8.45am Morning Prayer 5pm Evening Prayer

St Mary's Church is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm every day for prayer, quiet and visiting.
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