Journeying in the Faith: World War 1 Remembrance

1914 is the year World War 1 began. A hundred years have passed since 1914, but we still remember that war and the millions of people who lost their lives. We must take time out of our busy lives to pray and bring to mind those people who fought and suffered for their country.

DSCF2800In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

 

~oOo~

 

God wanted us to live in peace and so He sent His son, Jesus, down to Earth to show us how.

A reading from the Gospel of John (John 14:27)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Prayers by Year 4.

The response to ‘Lord hear us’ is ‘Send us your peace’

Lord, remember all of those people who died during World War 1, those who were alone and those in the company of others.

Lord hear us

Lord, remember those who acted with compassion, bravely risking their lives for their comrades.

Lord hear us

Lord, remember those whose minds were darkened and disturbed by memories of World War 1.

Lord hear us

Lord, help us to love and take care of one another, to be kind and not selfish. Let us show respect and trust for one another.

Lord hear us

Lord, it has taken us many years to finally understand that we should just forgive and forget and not cause arguments. Help us to forgive each other.

Lord hear us

Lord, we pray for all of those who are currently in the army, fighting for peace in the world.

Lord hear us

Lord, for all of those who are affected by war today, especially those in Syria and Iraq.

Lord hear us

Lord, for those who work tirelessly to make our world a more peaceful place. We pray that one day there will be peace all around the world.

Lord hear us

We turn to our Mother Mary, asking her to take these prayers to her son, who taught us how we should live in peace.

Hail Mary …

Remembrance is a time to be sad, but also a time of hope. A hope of a better and more peaceful world today and in the future.

DSCF2802They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Laurence Binyon