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Remembrance Tide

Remembrance Tide

A striking feature of the Church's calendar at this time of the year is the cluster of services that we hold in November, all of which have the theme of Remembering at their heart. This year is particularly significant, being the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

These are our All Saints' Day Choral Eucharist and Commemoration of the Faithful Departed at our All Souls' Tide service on 4th November; Remembrance Sunday on 11th November; and our annual Journalists' Commemorative Service on 20th November.

The Church has long-recognised the importance of having such times of remembering, which are significant in a whole range of ways. Some of these occasions enable us to honour the memory of individuals who have died, who have been significant for us in some way, so that we can honour their memories and acknowledge their continuing importance to us.

Other acts of remembrance require us to pause and remember past tragedies, so that we cannot forget their costliness, in terms of human life and human suffering. And when we share in these times of remembering as a community, we are reminded that, when we acknowledge the pain of loss, and reflect on the lessons of the past, we do not have to do so alone.

These are unusually important and significant events, bringing us back in touch with those whom we love; healing past memories; and acknowledging the devastating lessons of history so that we can learn from them. They help to keep us in touch with some of the most essential features of our humanity, which is why they are so powerful. Do please join us for one or more of these immensely important occasions.

We shall also be participating in the national project 'There but not there', in which installations of perspex silhouettes will feature in church buildings, representing and commemorating soldiers who died in WWI.

Choral Eucharist for All Saints' Day: Sunday 4th November at 11am


All Saints' is a time to remember those whose lives have been particularly shaped by God's grace, and to recall and be encouraged by their example.

O, how glorious is the kingdom,
in which all the saints rejoice with Christ!
Arrayed in white robes,
they follow the Lamb, wherever He goes.

- "O quam gloriosum" - Tomás Luis de Victoria

Music for the service→

Candles with Altar 16-9.jpgChoral Service for All Souls' Tide: Sunday 4th November at 5:30pm

This year we shall again be holding a special service of choral music, hymns and readings for All Souls' Tide, at which we commemorate all those who have personally touched our lives but are now departed.

During the service the lights are dimmed as the choir processes to the West end. Candles are lit on the altar as the name of each of those we have been asked to commemorate is read aloud.

The blaze of living flames on the darkened altar reminds us that the souls of the faithful live on in the hands of God, even though they are now beyond our reach. The choir sings Lassus' Justorum animae:

The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God,
and the torment of malice shall not touch them:
They seem in the eyes of the foolish to be dead,
but they are at peace.

The church gradually returns to light in a sign of resurrection and lasting hope.

If you are able to attend this particularly moving service, and would like us to remember by name any friends or family members, please email, or write their names (legibly, please) on the list at the back of church.

Music for the service→

Remembrance Sunday: 11th November at 10:50am

altar wreaths 2017sm.jpgThis year's Remembrance Sunday is particularly poignant as the commemoration falls on 11th November which marks the centenary of the Armistice ending hostilities on the Western Front in World War I.

The agreement came into effect at eleven o'clock in the morning -- the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.

Our service begins with the traditional two minute silence as a bugler plays the Last Post to mark this historic event. Then commemorative wreaths are laid on the altar steps.

The service includes a liturgical performance of Duruflé's Requiem Mass sung by St Bride's Choir accompanied by St Bride's Orchestra. Read more about Duruflé Requiem

To mark the centenary of the Armistice, the Rector will be exchanging pulpits with Barbara Neubert, the Lutheran Pastor of St Paul's Church, Lichterfelde, in Berlin. Both St Bride's and St Paul's church were destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt in the 1950s, which provides a poignant connection between the stories of our two churches. Read more about the Pulpit Swap

The Journalists' Commemorative Service - Truth to Power: Tuesday 20th November at 6:30pm

journalists 2017.jpgOur ministry to journalists and to those working in every area of the media industry, remains one of the most important and distinctive aspects of our life at St Bride's.

This is never more apparent than at our annual Journalists' Commemorative Service, which is attended by leading figures in the world of the press, television, radio, and digital media. During the service we light candles for journalists and their support staff who have died or who have been killed on the front-line this year; we remember also those who are missing, imprisoned, or held hostage; and we also hold in prayer those who are out in the field, covering stories at great personal risk to themselves.

Our speaker this year will be Alexandra Shulman, former Editor-in-Chief, Vogue.


Audio & Transcript Archive of Past Services→

Community Wall Hanging

Within St Bride's Church there are a number of war memorials with lists of names of some of those from the printing and newspaper industries who gave their lives in the service of their country. Many people associated with the church today have relatives who were caught up in various ways in the First World War.

In 2014, as our contribution to the commemoration of this war of long ago that made such a powerful impact on succeeding generations, we created a community wall hanging. Over 150 people took part in this project creating individual squares with a variety of motifs on the themes of Doves and Poppies.

Now that we are marking the anniversary of the end of the conflict, we have decided to re-mount the display.

Poppy Cross 1024.jpgbutton dove 1024.jpgvonberg poppies 1024.jpg

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