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A prayer of remembrance and thankfulness in the continuing quest for Peace
O Lord, this day, at the 11th hourly on the 11th day of the 11th month, we remembered. We remembered this morning those who gave their lives in service to their country.
We remember… not to glorify war but to strive always to learn from the the pain, ravage, and waste that war brings. We have much, much still to learn.
At the going down of the sun, we remember once again.
We remember now especially those who served and those who gave their lives in the Great War, World War I. We remember now again at sunset, one hundred years after the signing of the Armistice at 11 o’clock on the 11th day in the 11th month in the year 1918 when the guns finally fell silent -- for a time.
May we always be seeking peace through our remembering and through our learning. May the tolls of this bell resound in our hearts that our solemn act of remembrance may urge each of us, in our own way, to engage in the quest for peace. We have much to learn through our remembering.
At the going down of the sun, we remember them and we pray for Peace. Help us, O Lord, in our remembering to seek Peace.